The labor movement and working class oppose restrictions on the right to speak freely. When the rulers move to silence any group, it sets a precedent that will unerringly be aimed at the fighting toilers. And it gives encouragement to the kind of thug actions by the bosses and rightist groups that have been directed against unionists as well as members of the CP in Ukraine.
We likewise condemn the May 28 decree by Russian President Vladimir Putin making it a criminal offense to report on the death of Russian soldiers during “special operations” — a blatant attempt to stifle criticism of Moscow’s involvement in the separatist war in Ukraine.
The massive Maidan movement that overthrew the pro-Moscow regime of Viktor Yanukovych in 2014 brought new confidence to working people in Ukraine. It opened the door for new experiences, a fresh look at revolutionary continuity buried by betrayals and lies, and deepening discussion about how to chart an independent working-class road forward.
The challenges before workers in Ukraine, Russia and elsewhere demand the freest debate of political views. Protest all moves to criminalize political views and organizations! Demand a halt to assaults and intimidation against people for their political activities!
Ukraine workers fight gov’t attacks on unions
Capitalist regime weakens defense of sovereignty
Ukraine anti-communist laws: an attack on the working class
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