The head of the Vinnitsa branch of the Ukrainian radical nationalist party «Svoboda» Volodymyr Bazeliuk, published on his page in the network Facebook statement, which does not hide his anti-Semitism.
In particular, Bazelyuk call Jews «Jews», claiming that they «organized famine in Ukraine» and urging Ukrainians «to put minorities on the spot.»
«We do not need to specify how we are to live and who to erect monuments in our land — says Bazelyuk. — Want to live next to us – just get used to our rules, and if not, then go to him, or you will be punished».
Eduard Dolinsky, Executive Vice-President of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee, said in response (also in Facebook) that such calls can be regarded as a criminal offence and promised to contact the Prosecutor’s office and the police.
Note that in the statement of the Basilica we are talking about the monument to Simon Petliura, the Ukrainian military and political figure, head of the Ukrainian national Republic (UNR) in 1919-1920 established in Vinnytsia, on 16 October.
The idea to erect a monument to Petlyura provoked a mixed reaction. In particular, the «righteous anger» of the Basilica was caused by a letter from the representative of the Jewish community of Vinnitsa Zorya fine, bitterly opposed to the installation of the monument.
Recall that a letter of protest against installation of a monument addressed to the mayor of Vinnitsa and Sergey Morgunov and Ambassador of Ukraine in Israel, sent a member of the Israeli Knesset Ksenia Svetlova. «Symon Petliura responsible for many pogroms in the Ukraine, which killed tens of thousands of Jews,» said Svetlov.
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