People across Europe held protests in memory of the May 2 tragedy in the Ukrainian city of Odessa, in which nearly 50 anti-government activists died in a building set ablaze by radicals. Hundreds in Odessa decried the lack of justice for the victims.
Marches and pickets took place across major European cities, including Riga, London, Berlin, Rome, Dublin, Zurich, Madrid, Barcelona, Vienna, and Lisbon.
In the Latvian capital of Riga, around 200 people came out to remember the victims. The demonstrators gathered in front of the Ukrainian embassy and carried black balloons which read, “Never again” and “Remember Odessa.”
The protesters called for a fair investigation, as well as for an unbiased perception of the crisis in eastern Ukraine from Latvia’s government.
“We expect a change of rhetoric from the Latvian authorities. They should stop repeating propaganda clichés taken from Ukrainian news agencies and be more restrained in their behavior in this regard,” said Miroslav Mitrofanov, co-chairman of the Russian Union of Latvia.
In Denmark, around 25 people came out to the streets of Copenhagen to commemorate the victims.
In London, activists signed a petition addressed to the Ukrainian embassy, calling for a thorough investigation of what happened in Odessa on May 2.
Meanwhile, in Rome, activists proceeded with an unsanctioned protest after failing to receive a permit from local authorities, organizer Sergey Seregin said.
“We were around 20 people in total, including both immigrants and Italians. Kids took part in the action. Everything was peaceful,” he added.
More than a dozen activists came out in Zurich, holding black balloons.
Earlier on Saturday, an international photo exhibit titled 'Odessa Massacre,' which conveys the events of May 2, was shown in Frankfurt, Germany as 500 people gathered to protest the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO's) policies.
The exhibit had also been shown in Belgium, Spain, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and India.