[Marxism] Workers Take to Streets to Calm Tense Ukrainian City

Paul Flewers trusscott.foundation at blueyonder.co.uk
Fri May 16 14:56:41 MDT 2014


I endorse Matthew Russo's sense of caution here. The BBC report on this
states: 'Steelworkers employed by Ukraine's richest man have stepped in to
restore order in the eastern city of Mariupol after deadly clashes.
Employees of Rinat Akhmetov joined forces with Ukrainian police to force
out pro-Russian separatists who had taken control of government
buildings... The new joint patrols began on Thursday, apparently on the
initiative of Mr Akhmetov... Mr Akhmetov was formerly a supporter of Mr
Yanukovych, but now backs a united Ukraine, anxious that the separatists
are jeopardising the steel and iron exports of the region...' <
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-27444507 >

This does not seem like an independent, working-class response; rather, it
looks like the workers are being mobilised by an oligarch against the
pro-Russian elements under a pro-Kiev banner, in conjunction with official
Ukrainian state forces, that is,under the banner of a rival nationalist,
governmental agenda. This is more likely to stoke up nationalist tensions
than to defuse them through class-based action based on the working class
as a whole.

Paul F



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