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Ukraine’s peacefully armed protesters

Look, every human death is to be deplored, and Yanukovych is not Santa Claus. But the “pro-European, pro-democracy, peaceful protesters” are not Mother Teresa either. Just like in some “Arab spring” cases (think Syria), they’re now armed extremists who are fighting a civil war and attempting a coup (Merriam-Webster: a sudden attempt by a small group of people to take over the government usually through violence). Half of Ukraine’s population does not support the so-called “Euromaidan” movement.

As Western reporters admit, hundreds of armed demonstrators have at their turn attacked the police. Does anyone believe this would be acceptable in Washington D.C. or at Brussels? Does the West support an armed “revolution” just to upset Russia? Below, a few pictures in which guns are used by the opponents of the constitutional order. Fighters for democracy, right?

An anti-government protester aims a rifle during clashes with riot police in Independence Square in KievUKRAINE-POLITICS-UNRESTukr16ukr34

Photo credits: Maks Levin/REUTERS; Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP; Marko Drobnjakovic/AP; Brendan Hoffman/Getty.

3 thoughts on “Ukraine’s peacefully armed protesters

  1. Nux

    From my understanding almost half of Ukraine’s population are russians (from Stalin’s deportations, similar to what happened in Rep Moldova), no wonder they want to stick with Russia.
    I think overall the protesters are right and they fight for a good cause and it’s good they found some weapons, because it looks like the police are shooting real bullets, too[1].
    Ukraine is pretty fucked up economically and the blatant corruption taking place in that country makes even Romania look good, I’m amazed the people put up with it as much as they did.

    [1] – http://tmp.nux.ro/nV7-kiev_shootings.webm

    1. Béranger Post author

      I personally don’t agree not even with May 1968 in Paris. This is not the proper way to do things.

      The “Euromaidan” guys have previously occupied government offices — if this is not a coup, what is it? Storming of the Bastille?

      The association with the EU is a pretext. They now want to topple the regime, not to join the EU.

      When the United States were at war with Vietnam, many people have demonstrated in front of the White House and in many other places FOR YEARS — to no avail. What do you think it would have happened, should they have attempted to occupy any relevant spot in Washington D.C.? They would have been shot dead, no doubt about that!

      This actually happened in small demonstrations in the US:
      – The Orangeburg massacre: on February 8, 1968, nine South Carolina Highway Patrol officers in Orangeburg, South Carolina, fired into a crowd of protesters demonstrating against segregation. 3 men were killed and 28 persons were injured; most victims were shot in the back.
      – Kent State massacre in a protest against the Cambodian Incursion: the Ohio National Guard on Monday, May 4, 1970 fired 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing 4 students and wounding 9 others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis.
      – Jackson State killings: on Friday May 15, 1970, shortly after midnight, the police opened fire, killing 2 students and injuring 12.

      It’s only hypocritical for the US to protest in relation to the events in Ukraine.


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