URGENT: Left activist from Borotba kidnapped in Dnepropetrovsk

ImageWe have just received news that unknown people ransacked the apartment of Maria Matyushenko, a member of Borotba, and took her. This was reported by one of her comrades on Facebook.

“The apartment of our activist from Dnepropetrovsk Maria Matyushenko was raided. Unknown people (according to preliminary information from the SBU security service) ransacked her home and took her.”

Remember that the Kiev government are conducting a clamp down on anti-government protesters and their democratic rights. The Marxist organisation Borotba (Struggle), suffered a series of illegal raids on its offices in Kiev, Kharkov and Odessa and was finally forced to go underground.

On May 20th there was another attempt to kidnap leading Borotba activists by armed paramilitary thugs at the end of an anti-government rally in Kharkov.

The government has started a clampdown on facebook, with the state prosecutor instructed to start criminal charges against anyone making “public calls for the violent change or overthrow of the constitutional order” or even “the distribution of materials inciting to such acts”

We urge left wing, trade union and solidarity activists to contact the Ukrainian embassies and consulates demanding that Maria Matyushenko is immediately released and making the Ukrainian authorities responsible for her well being. 

[We will be updating this item as we get more information]

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6 Responses to URGENT: Left activist from Borotba kidnapped in Dnepropetrovsk

  1. An Italian translation of the document:
    Abbiamo appena ricevuto la notizia che persone non identificate hanno fatto irruzione nell’appartamento di Maria Matyushenko, membro di Borotba, prelevandola. La notizia è stata fatta circolare da uno dei suoi compagni attraverso Facebook.
    “L’appartamento di una nostra attivista di Dnepropetrovsk Maria Matyushenko è stato razziato. Persone non identificate (secondo prime informazioni raccolte dal servizio di sicurezza SBU) hanno fatto irruzione in casa sua prelevandola.”
    Bisogna ricordare che il governo di Kiev sta conducendo un violento attacco contro le forze antigovernative e i loro rivendicazioni democratiche. L’organizzazione marxista Borotba (Lotta), è stata già oggetto di attacchi illegali contro i suoi uffici di Kiev, Kharkov e Odessa costringendola a diventare un’organizzazione clandestina.
    Il 20 maggio c’è stato un altro tentativo di sequestrate alcuni dirigenti di Borotba da parte di gruppi di paramilitari armati al termine di una manifestazione antigovernativa a Kharkov.
    Il governo ha iniziato un attacco su Facebook, dando ordine ai magistrato di incriminare chiunque “inviti pubblicamente ad un cambio violento o al sovvertimento dell’ordine costituzionale” o anche solo “la distribuzione di materiale inneggiante a tali azioni”.
    Facciamo appello alle forze di sinistra, ai sindacati e ai movimenti di solidarietà di contattare urgentemente le ambasciate e i consolati ucraini chiedendo l’immediata liberazione di Maria Matyushenko facendo pressione affinché le autorità ucraine si considerino responsabili della sua salute.

  2. Sergii says:

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