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  •  Is this the best you've got? (5+ / 0-)
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    The great majority of the hundreds of thousands of “EuroMaidan” protesters – who have rallied against Mr. Yanukovych’s rejection of a European Union treaty and his moves toward a deal with Russia – appear to be either supporters of conventional, centrist or liberal opposition political parties, or pro-European citizens without much interest in party politics at all.
    There is a paradox here, Mr. Skoropadsky acknowledges. The EuroMaidan (literally “Euro Square”) protests began as, and continue to be dominated by, a call for closer relations with the EU Union, yet Pravy Sektor’s members are opposed to foreign influence and, like many on the far right, distrust Brussels.
    Most political experts do not believe Pravy Sektor’s popularity would translate into seats in Ukraine, a country that has not traditionally had strong support for the far right.
    “Their popularity has been rising only due to public attention,” says Volodymyr Fesenko, head of Kiev’s Centre for Political Studies. “People support it not because they share its far-right ideology, but because they view it as the opposition’s army. Will Pravy Sektor gain if it goes into politics? I don’t think so, I even believe that they wouldn’t get into parliament.”
    The great success of Pravy Sektor thus far has been in getting attention and notoriety -- and in the process, "giving the pro-European movement a bad name."  While it is important to be aware of the various elements and forces at work in this protest movement, blaming the entire movement on them only gives them the unwarranted attention and notoriety they crave.
    •  The diary is about them organizing violence (4+ / 0-)
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      How much they may gain if this is resolved by a vote is beside the point. If they're organizing the violence then that translates to some power down the line if violence is seen as being an important part of why the protests worked. It's concerning on a number of levels, although it does not paint the entire opposition with the same brush. Just because one side has it's problems doesn't mean everyone involved with that side is somehow horrible.

      If knowledge is power and power corrupts, does that mean that knowledge corrupts?

      by AoT on Fri Feb 21, 2014 at 09:17:44 AM PST

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    •  Look, if you want to believe some fairy tale (5+ / 0-)

      about peaceful, pro-democracy "protesters" being abused by an awful, albeit elected, government, go ahead. That's the approved narrative, after all, and the corporate media won't do anything to spoil it for you. What I'm saying is: 1) It ain't that simple, and 2) Protesters don't have guns, insurgents do.

      The free market is not the solution, the free market is the problem.

      by Azazello on Fri Feb 21, 2014 at 09:38:11 AM PST

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