I’d also not that Charles Krauthammer of the Washington Post agrees with me when it comes to Ukraine and China.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 04, 2013
There is loads of video evidence showing Berkut special forces sadistically beating and kicking apprehended protesters last Sunday as they lay on the floor.Some of these appalling incidents took place inside the grounds of the President’s Administration building on Bank Street where many of the protesters had been dragged their for ‘special treatment’.The link above shows dozens of Berkut and other police personnel, perhaps even staff from the PA itself, watching on indifferently, listening to the screams and watching the blood flow. Failure to intervene makes these onlookers just as culpable for the outrages as the perpetrators.
As with any important building in any capital city, the PA building roof is well loaded with web-cams. The Berkut stormtroopers must have been sure they could act with impunity.
About four dozen or more accredited journalists have also been seriously and systematically assaulted by law enforcement officers since the recent troubles began. Some of these journalists were in the Verkhovna Rada Tuesday, continuing to do their job, interviewing deputies, including those of the ruling coalition, surrealistically, with bandages wrapped around their heads and plaster casts on their arms….
The response of the Ukrainian government and the president in whose back yard some these incidents occurred, has been pathetic.
All of this just underscores the true nature of Yanukovych and his ‘banda’…and provides even greater motivation to the demonstrators to stick to their ground…
p.s One of the features of the current troubles is the mass of video recordings being made. Pocket TV stations like hromadske.tv have been live streaming most dramatic footage from numerous journalists at various ‘hot spots’, some just using mobile phones. Yesterday one guy wandered behind police lines protecting parliament, live streaming what was going on, minutes before the vote of no confidence in the Cabinet of Ministers.
The was a temporary stage erected in the grounds of the Verkhovna Rada, and about 50 to 100 young guys, many hooded, in sports gear milling around, some hiding their faces. Lots of police and security guys were intermingled with them. On stage was Oleh Kalashnikov – a notorious, well known trouble-maker. Several cabinet ministers, including foreign minister Kozhara walked through these sinister youths to enter the parliament building.
Even more sinister, some of these thugs are from ministry of the interior security units based in Crimea – boxing instructors etc. Video evidence here.
More and more of these so-called ‘titushky’ are being assembled in Kyiv today.
Many have gathered in a city-centre park, and some of them are getting restlessbecause they are not being allowed to leave their compounds by Party of Regions’ supervisors.
The authorities are knowingly, systematically employing thuggish bands, if necessary, to intimidate opposition deputies and demonstrators…It’s quite outrageous..
The potential for serious violence in Kyiv in the next few days is now very real…