[Marxism] The Paris Commune in eastern Ukraine...my foot
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Thu May 1 07:01:24 MDT 2014
A rally by pro-Ukraine supporters here on Monday night got off to a
Hordes of armored police were dispatched to guard protesters as they
marched peacefully down the city’s main street.
But when pro-Russian thugs wearing masks and brandishing crude weapons
caught up to them, mayhem ensued. The tight police cordon peeled away,
leaving the pro-unity protesters open to vicious beatings.
It’s not the first time that’s happened.
Whether it’s protecting eastern Ukraine’s embattled pro-unity protesters
or defending local administrative buildings from seizures by
anti-government rebels, law enforcement here has proven largely useless.
Instead, it’s playing into the hands of pro-Russian rebels, further
inflaming a crisis that’s threatening to tear the country apart at the
Observers say a mix of pervasive corruption, split loyalties and sense
of self-preservation is to blame.
“There’s no motivation to honestly carry out their duties,” says Oksana
Markeyeva, a security expert in Kyiv who researches police issues.
Pro-Russian separatists have carried out rapid-fire, seemingly
coordinated seizures of various security and administrative buildings in
eastern Ukraine in recent weeks.
One by one, rebels have stormed key strategic assets in cities such as
Slovyansk and Kramatorsk, where an atmosphere of lawlessness now
pervades. Heavily armed rebels roam with impunity as reports of
mysterious kidnappings are growing.
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