Skip to comments.Kiev: Government Buildings Under Siege
Posted on 12/02/2013 10:36:41 PM PST by Eleutheria5
Thousands of demonstrators besieged government buildings in Kiev Tuesday, rallying against President Viktor Yanukovich's decision to abandon a long-awaited deal for closer ties with the EU.
A group of protesters tried to storm Yanukovich's office and police chased protesters away with tear-gas and truncheons, injuring dozens. The blockade is severely disrupting the process of government here," said a reporter for Al Jazeera in Kiev. "Essentially, President Yanukovich has lost control of the center of Kiev." The Guardian reported that police had deserted the center of the city, while thousands of people blocked entrances to government buildings and gathered again on Independence Square.
At least three politicians from the governing Party of Regions have quit in protest and one of them, Inna Bohoslovska, previously a vocal government supporter, called on other legislators to leave the party. A top Agriculture Ministry official also resigned on Monday.
The opposition hopes to topple the cabinet of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov during a confidence vote in parliament on Tuesday. It would need 226 votes in the 450-seat Rada, but presently controls about 170 seats.
Yanukovych reached out to the European Union on Monday requesting new talks, but the EU told him that the sweeping trade deal he refused to sign last week after six years of talks wasn't open for renegotiationand warned him against using force to disperse the crowds in Kiev's main square.
Video of police brutality http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEC4ccWXuBE#t=50
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The protesters want to give up national sovereignty and be ruled by Brussels
Quite possibly a Ukranian spring. They play for keeps over there. I can’t remember his name but one of their candidates for President was poisoned some years back.
What do you bet that they're wannabe bureaucrats?
Toward Europe and away from Putin’s yoke.
They would just be changing yokes.
Is Putin’s yoke any less onerous than Brussels?
But it’s a matter of degrees for the respective yokes. Anyway you slice it, however, their goose is cooked.
Obvious Putin’s got this guy by the balls. Let’s see who squeezes harder: Putin or the Ukranians.
The Ukraine is in a Polish type position between two powers. They can have a beneficial trade agreement with the EU without being part of the EU. But they have indeed caved on internal issues like the death penalty just to please the West.
The problem is that the top opposition leader is in prison from trumped-up charges (Yulia Timoshenko) while the Prez deserves to be in prison (Victor Yanukovich) for genuine corruption. Long ago he was in prison for rape and theft.
His name is Victor Yushchenko and he was not poisoned by Ukrainians but by Russians. He is still a player today but permanently disfigured.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Putin is behind these “protests.”
The protesters are screaming for Ukraine to follow the EU. Putin wants exactly the opposite. That would be like finding out Ted Cruz was the secret sponsor of the occupy protests.
Well, Putin’s positively Machiavellian— and IMO a crueler master/less desirable than the soft tyranny of a meddlesome European bureaucracy— and lately feeling his oats that his only foil has receded from the world stage.
Whaddaya wanna bet that a certain wrinkly old FOREX trader seeds the “community organizers” over there with money?...