Sunday, 11 May 2014

Ukraine: History in the making.

In 2012 the EU, while being critical of the Yanukovych Administration also denounced the Svoboda Party , saying its "racist, anti-Semitic and xenophobic views go against the EU's fundamental values and principles" The European Parliament Resolution 2012/2889  then appealed for pro-democratic parties "not to associate with, endorse or form coalitions with this party."

Yet today, as reward for providing the paramilitary muscle on Euromaidan, they now hold many senior positions in Ukraine's 'Interim Administration'. This alliance immediately attempted to discriminate against speakers of the Russian language which was some 40% of the population, and increased prison sentences for acts of 'Separatism', (think about that, Alex Salmond).

Their latest decree was to ban the annual Victory Day celebrations on the pretence that it might cause trouble. Imagine an 'Interim' BNP/Tory coalition, forcibly removing an elected Labour government and then banning Remembrance Day throughout the UK on the pretext that there might be a demonstration by Scottish Nationalists, and you should get the picture.

The truth is that these celebrations have come under increasingly violent attacks over recent years by groups who see nothing to cheer in the defeat of Fascism, and this 'Right Sector' is growing both in number and sophistication.

Although unashamedly Neo-Nazi, they have taken advice to tone down their image and switched from calling themselves the Social Nationalist Party [any similarity to Hitler's National Socialists fully intended] to now being called Svoboda (freedom) Party. They still cannot bring themselves to ditch their swastika style insignia though, which was so prevalent in Kiev's Maidan.

We may not know what the future holds for Ukraine, but through our actions and inaction, it seems that these people will inevitably be a part of that future.