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[Human Rights Watch]/Ukraine: Police beatings, kidnappings in Kiev

 

 

UKRAINE: POLICE BEATINGS, KIDNAPPINGS IN KIEV

 

Thorough Investigation Needed Into Brutal Attacks, Death, Amid Uprising
JANUARY 24, 2014
  • Peaceful protest at Independence Square in Kiev in December 2013.

    @ Yulia Gorbunova Human Rights Watch
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Police in Kiev face serious challenges, but nothing can justify the vicious beatings we’ve documented. These are very serious crimes that need thorough investigation, and the people responsible should be held accountable.
Yulia Gorbunova, Ukraine researcher

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[Article of Peter Storm]/Ukraine: What’s going on and what does it mean

UKRAINE: WHAT’S GOING ON AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN

 

Tuesday, 3 December, 2013

My Libcom piece on Ukraine, posted there this evening

Some thoughts on the protests happening in Ukraine. Things are not completely what they may seem.

The mass protests unfolding in Ukraine are raising a few eyebrows here and there, as well as the usual hyped-up talk of people’s revolt and even revolution. The eyebrows are justified. Mass demonstrations of many hundreds of thousands in the winter cold, people blockading government buildings, attacking a presidential palace and occupying the city government office, calls for president and government to resign, talk of a general strike…all in support of closer ties to the EU? It all seems a bit odd. Add to the strange brew a strong element of extreme nationalism, and the picture of a movement that is right wing, reactionary and unsupportable from a radical, libertarian communist point of view becomes even clearer. What has been going on? I think there are at least three elements to all this.

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