Monday, March 16, 2015

Red Star Over Donbass: Madrid activists to join Antifascist Caravan to Donbass

By A.C.

Madrid, February 27, 2015: Just 24 hours after the National Police detained eight Spaniards for their involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, the Madrid Committee to Support Antifascists in Ukraine confirmed it is sending a new internationalist brigade to the Donbass and has posted a video on YouTube calling for participation, either physically or through collaboration.

The activists will form part of the second Antifascist Caravan of Banda Bassotti, as they did on the first one, which was in Ukrainian lands last September. They will travel to the Donbass for humanitarian work in May.

The goal, organizers explained, is "to bring our solidarity to the people of Donbass who heroically resist the fascist onslaught" and deliver basic necessities, but also to denounce "media manipulation" and the role of the U.S. and NATO in the political conflict.

The caravan, which is scheduled to arrive on May 9 -- a symbolic date which coincides with the 70th anniversary of Victory Day over Nazi Germany – has at least a dozen volunteers from the Spanish state comprising the “Rubén Ruiz Ibárruri Brigade,” in homage to the Spanish partisan, son of “La Pasionaria.”

Some of them also traveled to eastern Ukraine during the summer, including Ramiro who, in an interview with DISOpress on his return, recounted his experience in Lugansk and described the situation in Ukraine as "an authentic medieval warfare."

At the police station, Becerra found his former comrades. But he insists they were unfazed by their arrests. "We were quite calm. I thought: I've come from a war, this doesn't scare me at all."

Shortly after the arrests VICE News spoke with Becerra and another of those arrested, Hector Arroyo, who had arranged to meet 50 others in the Puerta del Sol to protest their detentions. With them was Ramiro Gómez, a spokesman for Madrid Committee in Support of Anti-Fascist Ukraine, who admitted to having traveled to Luhansk, but only for "humanitarian work," he said. At the end of the demonstration, a Luhansk refugee woman, now living in Spain, approached us. She told Becerra that they had the "support" of the population and that "what you are doing means a lot to us." His swarthy, bearded face lit up. "We also felt this support when we were there, madam," he answered, visibly moved.

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