MOSCOW, July 24 (RIA Novosti) – The Communist Party of Ukraine, which may be dissolved on Thursday, counts on the support of the Europe’s left, the party’s leader Petro Symonenko told RIA Novosti in an interview.
“Russian Communist Party gets active support. What concerns European leftists, I can say that there will be a representative of the European Parliament’s left at our first session in Kiev’s district court. So they are supporting us and express concern about the gravest violations of the bases of democracy in Ukraine,” Symonenko said.
The European Parliament’s left-wing Confederal Group of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) party said that the ban of Ukraine’s Communist Party reflected the attempts of Ukraine’s new authorities to suppress critical voices and underlined Ukraine’s disregard of the obligations to protect human rights. The group expressed solidarity with the Communist Party of Ukraine and “condemned blackmailing, attacks, intimidation and destruction of property that the party has been subjected to in recent months.”
GUE/NGL said it would send relevant messages to the Chairman of the European Parliament and to the European Council, with demands to intervene.
Ukrainian parliament speaker Oleksandr Turchynov announced Wednesday that the Communist Party, which holds 23 seats in the Verkhovna Rada, would be dissolved on Thursday. The announcement followed Tuesday’s changes to the Verkhovna Rada’s rules, allowing the speaker of the house to dissolve the Communist party.
In early May, Communist Party leader Petro Symonenko stated that if he were the head of state, he “would immediately call back all the troops” from the east of Ukraine, calling special operations in Donetsk and Luhansk regions “war against the people.”
Following the remarks, Ukraine’s Justice Ministry filed a court case on banning the party for its allegedly unconstitutional activity, support of independence supporters in the eastern regions and calls to alter Ukraine’s territorial integrity.