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perusen - the dictionary of everythingukraine protests -
first, let us start with setting proper definitions for some words being used currently in describing the events in ukraine. what is going on in ukraine right now is a protest, a movement, a demonstration, a civil unrest, a civil disobedience or a popular uprising but not a riot and definitely not an act of terrorism. by definition, a riot is “a form of civil disorder characterised often by what is thought of as disorganised groups lashing out in a sudden against authority, property or people. while individuals may attempt to lead or control a riot, riots are thought to be typically "chaotic and exhibit herd behaviour”” (wikipedia: riot) and a terrorism is “the systematic use of violence (terror) as a means of coercion for political purpose” (ibid: terrorism).

what about violence seen on the side of the ukrainian protesters? it is a response. a response to the ukrainian police forces’ violence exacted on the protesters. it is what we call a police riot. what is a police riot? a police riot is “a term for the disproportionate and unlawful use of force by a group of police against a group of civilians, commonly where police attack a group of peaceful civilians and/or provoke previously peaceful civilians into violence” (ibid: police riot). and that is exactly what we are witnessing in ukraine right now.

up until now, the lines were getting blurred. but with 26 people dead due to the police actions taken against the protesters, the ukraine government clearly crossed the line they should not have crossed. when the people’s demands are met only by a unilateral execution of government forces to maintain the status quo the people do not agree to dwell in, ignoring their voices for change and reform, and their government is not afraid of using even a deadly force just to subdue the voice of people in order to carry out a plan against the people’s wishes for their country, that government is nothing but a dictatorship. and by definition, a dictatorship is “an autocratic or authoritarian form of government in which a government is ruled by either an individual: a dictator, or a small group of people, as in an oligarchy” and exercising “an autocratic form of absolute rule by leadership unrestricted by law, constitutions, or other social and political factors within the state” (ibid: dictatorship).

the ukrainian government called the protesters in kiev terrorists, their acts terrorism and their gathering a riot today. no one there at the independence square in kyiv is there because he or she is ordered to come out by someone or some authorities. all are out there out of their own choices and convictions. it has been a peaceful demonstration to express their vision and changes for ukraine when they felt their country was going into a wrong direction until their voices were met with tear gas canisters, riot vehicles, police rods and arrests—clearly a disproportionate and unlawful use of force by the government. it is “the systematic use of violence as a means of coercion for political purpose,” which is terrorism.

so which side is a riot? which side is terrorism? clearly, the ukrainian government. the ukrainian president viktor yanukovych, the acting prime minister serhiy arbuzov, and the chairman of parliament volodymyr rybak must step down. the head of ukraine's security service, oleksander yakimenko, must be punished.

the government that is not of the people, by the people, for the people, should perish from the earth. (and my apologies to president abraham lincoln.)
by coeurdelion 1 year ago
zeper -
emotional tumblr'er', former tennis player, promising physicist, great company for a chatter:)
by ssamsymn 1 year ago
sci-fi -
science fiction. genre written by very imaginative people who are inspired by science. the series by isaac asimov are generally accepted as the best ones in the field.
by dionysus 1 year ago
coffee -
" coffee doesn't ask silly questions, coffee understands. " - some wise human being
by sherlock 1 year ago
soft addiction -
in contrast to hard addictions like drugs, nicotine and alcohol; one can have soft addiction such as visiting facebook in every 5 minute or obsessively checking your email.

to realize whether you are addicted, ask yourself if it feels good initially when that need is met, but you have to think about afterwards and how you’re feeling then. if you find that it’s taking way too much time and you’re not getting to other things the way you’d like to be.

if you find yourself doing something obsessively, and without any productive purpose, you might have soft addiction.
by spotless mind 1 year ago