[Marxism] UKRAINE: Maidan. Babtism of Blood. | Tahrir-ICN

Sergii Kutnii mnkutster at gmail.com
Thu Jan 23 15:21:04 MST 2014

And here's the one from Kyiv

The laws which were passed on January 16th showed that the faction of
the ruling class which now controls the government is ready to install
a reactionary bourgeois dictatorship on the model of the Latin
American regimes of the 1970s. The “dictatorship laws” criminalize any
protest and limit the freedom of speech; also, they establish
responsibility for “extremism”. Parliamentary mouthpieces of the class
dictatorship of corrupted bureaucracy and monopolist bourgeoisie are
the Party of Regions and the so called “Communist” Party of Ukraine
which has long ago become a political force serving interests of

The Ukrainian repressive system leans on the police apparatus and
street gangs of pro-government stormtroopers. Sometimes such
paramilitary structures are commanded by retired police officers.
Death squads are also in action. According to confirmed information,
two people were kidnapped from a hospital and tortured. One of them
died in a forest. Special forces use pinpoint firing against
protesters, and not only from traumatic guns. One of the killed,
according to a photo of his body, was shot in his heart. According to
all indications he was a victim of a sniper. In the morning of January
23 the number of the killed constituted from 5 to 7 persons. And we
don’t know the real scale of violence.

The ideology of the ruling regime is a mixture of Putin-style
nationalism, conspiracy theories and conviction in their right, as
elite, to rule over stupid populace. Groups of support to Berkut (the
main riot police force) in social networks are full of anti-Semitic
articles which claim that the opposition leaders are Jews and want to
vitiate the people by legalizing same-sex marriages. This hardly
differs from the rhetoric of Ukrainian right radicals.

Over the last days not only the far right confront the government, but
also people of more moderate views. And they constitute the majority
of the protesters. Many of them are indifferent to nationalism or
negatively predisposed to it. Many of them don’t support integration
into the EU. People go into the streets to protest against police
violence. And a significant part of them is unenthusiastic or even
skeptical about the clashes in the Grushevskogo street. Often one can
hear that right radicals are a “Trojan horse” of Yanukovych and
special services, designed to discredit the protest. Certainly there
would be many more Kievites participating in the protests if there was
a way to take those idiots useful to the government out of the
streets. Top of their demands is to give them jobs in the Security
Service of Ukraine after the “victorious revolution”.

Anarchists ought to participate in demonstrations and pickets which
are dedicated to defense of the rights and freedoms usurped by the
laws of January 16th. It makes sense to take action at one’s workplace
or neighborhood and to help sabotage the dictatorship’s decisions.
There’s not much sense in participating in the activities in
Grushevskogo street, which were meaningless from the very beginning.
These activities only give the government pretty picture for
television and enable it to identify radical elements by locating
mobile phones and videotaping.

In the case of the opposition’s victory, as well as in the case of the
government’s victory we’ll have to wage long and hard war against any
of those regimes. This should be understood. We need to gather forces
in order to start dictating our own libertarian and proletarian agenda
in Ukrainian politics.

No gods, no masters! No nations, no borders!

Autonomous Workers’ Union, Kiev local

January 23, 2014


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