[Marxism] The Paris Commune in eastern Ukraine...my foot

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu May 1 07:01:24 MDT 2014

A rally by pro-Ukraine supporters here on Monday night got off to a 
smooth start.

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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