NO TO FASCIST STYLE-BANS! SOLIDARITY WITH UKRAINE CP! Demonstrate at the Ukrainian Embassy, 60 Holland Park, London W11 3SJ - Tuesday, January 19, 12.30 for 1pm

The Communist Party of the Ukraine has been banned.

On December 16, a court in Kiev upheld the ban imposed last July by the so-called 'Ministry of Justice'. The CPU had refused to obey new laws banning left-wing symbols and its use of the name 'communist'. It had also been falsely accused of supporting the break-up of the country and financing separatists in eastern Ukraine.

The CPU calls for a united, federal Ukraine and does not advocate the use of violence.

In the last free all-Ukraine parliamentary elections in 2012, the CPU won 2.6m votes (13 per cent of the total) and 32 seats.

But since February 2014, when a US- and EU-backed coup replaced the country's elected President with a right-wing nationalist regime, the party and its members have been subjected to vicious state and fascist attacks.

The CPU leader Petro Symonenko was physically assaulted by right-wing MPs and thugs inside and outside the parliament on several occasions. Last October, the party was prevented from directly contesting the local elections.

Now communist and workers' parties across the world are responding to the CPU's call for solidarity.

Amnesty International has said the ban is a 'flagrant violation of freedom of expression and association and should be immediately overturned'. According to Amnesty, it 'sets a very dangerous precedent' and is 'propelling Ukraine backwards not forwards on its path to reform and greater respect for human rights'.

In the meantime, the military offensive by Ukrainian armed forces and neo-Nazi paramilitaries in eastern Ukraine continues while, in the west, statues celebrating Ukraine's liberation from German Nazi occupation are torn down and replaced by those of war-time collaborators with fascist genocide.

In the famous words of Pastor Martin Niemoller:

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn't a Jew.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.