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Rally in Frankfurt honors victims of Ukraine’s Odessa massacre

October 02, 2014, 16:37 UTC+3 BERLIN
Participants in the rally are holding placards saying: “We remember Odessa” and “Bring offenders to justice”
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Candles seen inside the House of Trade Unions in Odessa where scores of demonstrators died after the building was set on fire

Candles seen inside the House of Trade Unions in Odessa where scores of demonstrators died after the building was set on fire

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BERLIN, October 2. /TASS/. Activists gathered outside Ukraine's consulate general in Frankfurt am Main in central Germany on Thursday for a rally to honor victims of a massacre in the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa, where dozens died in a fire started by Right Sector radicals and supporters from the Maidan Self-Defense Force.

Participants in the rally are holding placards saying: “We remember Odessa” and “Bring offenders to justice”.

Odessa tragedy

Unrest in the southern Ukrainian port city of Odessa started on May 2 in the afternoon, when football fans from the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv marched along city streets with Right Sector radicals and supporters from Kiev's Maidan Self-Defence Force.

Clashes broke out between them and activists seeking a referendum on the issue of Ukrainian federalisation and Russian's official status as a state language.

At least 48 people died and more than 200 were injured in clashes in Odessa after radicals set ablaze the regional House of Trade Unions, where pro-federalisation activists had taken refuge, and a tent camp near it where they had been gathering signatures in support of the referendum.

Some Ukrainian politicians said the clashes took the lives of at least 116 people and that Kiev's incumbent authorities sought to conceal exact figures.

“We demand an investigation into the Odessa tragedy,” said Oleg Muzyka, an activist of the Kulikovo Field public organisation, uniting those who oppose Kiev’s current policy, and one of the initiators of a photography exhibition devoted to the May 2 tragic events, displayed now in various European cities.

“We demand an answer to the question why the offenders are still free,” Muzyka told TASS on Thursday, noting that he would participate later in the evening in a rally near Ukraine's embassy in Berlin.

“European politicians supporting the current authorities in Kiev should think hard who they support,” he said, adding that it was necessary to investigate “all crimes committed on Maidan [Kiev’s Independence Square, the scene of confrontation and mass unrest in late 2013 and early 2014], and in cities of Odessa, Mariupol, Donetsk, and Lugansk, and all crimes committed by Ukraine’s armed forces and National Guard in Donetsk, where mass burials were found”.

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