Protestors try a new tactic against the Ukrainian police

by on December 2, 2013 at 2:03 am in Current Affairs, Law | Permalink

tractor

That is from @Reuterspictures and @pdacosta.

david December 2, 2013 at 2:27 am

This works because the police probably don’t oppose the pro-EU protests themselves in sentiment. It is their job to keep order, though. So it’s an opportunity for elaborate theater between the police and the protesters – actually angry police would just open fire, and actually angry protesters wouldn’t be driving the tractor so slowly. Both sides get to “do their job”, so to speak.

tl; dr: is a tactic against the police, or is it a tactic for a visible (bright orange, even) stunt?

Frederic Mari December 2, 2013 at 3:05 am

Police did beat ‘some’ protesters. Something that had not happened in 2004…

Eric December 2, 2013 at 6:55 am

At least the protesters seem angry enough to me during that scene:

http://rutube.ru/video/5c49a9649614e053aee854767b1a0795/?ref=search

AD December 2, 2013 at 10:12 am

There are more photographers than protesters in the video, and I’m sure Ukraine is big enough to attract a crowd of 50 miscreants who enjoy the thrill of harassing riot police.

Rahul December 2, 2013 at 2:45 am

Deluxe version: Driver wears a SCUBA suit. Too vulnerable to a tear gas canister / smoke grenade otherwise.

Frederic Mari December 2, 2013 at 3:07 am
Frederic Mari December 9, 2013 at 5:51 am

I don’t know if people care but here is a follow-up and a bit more thoughts on what’s going on… : http://theredbanker.blogspot.com/2013/12/ukraine-why-oh-why-take-2.html

prior_approval December 2, 2013 at 3:12 am

Well, this is the poor man’s version of the Soylent Green vision of the state using scooper equipped trucks to get rid of protesters.

And the thing is, a lot of the 100,000 protesters on Sunday were protesting the overly violent reaction of the police to 10,000 protesters on Saturday.

Regardless of whatever sympathy the police have in terms of Ukraine’s future direction, they know that a lot of Sunday’s mass protest was directed against them.

Interestingly, this picture is pretty much of the only area where the police were at all present on Sunday in Kiev, according to German media – in front of President Viktor Yanukovich’s presidential adminstration building.

A building that apparently is still blocked by protesters – in the largest protests since the Orange Revolution – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_Revolution

Equally interesting, not a single word written here about the general strike that has been called.

Millian December 2, 2013 at 6:55 am

“here” is not, actually, a comprehensive international news outlet. If you’re disappointed, ask for a refund.

Axa December 2, 2013 at 5:15 am

Also from the Reuters gallery…chessboxing! http://www.reutersgallery.com/?mode=view&id=6615

Axa December 2, 2013 at 5:16 am
The Anti-Gnostic December 2, 2013 at 7:54 am

You should see the pro-EU tactics.

FC December 2, 2013 at 8:54 am

No, no one should see that.

dead serious December 2, 2013 at 8:56 am

NSFW tag missing.

The Anti-Gnostic December 2, 2013 at 10:10 am

Correct, FEMEN is nsfw. Sorry about that.

Peter December 2, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Live Leak has a video of the FEMEN chicks bailing out the proverbial canoe on the president’s picture. Some guys would pay very good money for that to be done in person.

Andreas Moser December 4, 2013 at 4:22 am

FEMEN alone are reason enough to have Ukraine in the EU.

Olga December 20, 2013 at 12:38 pm

http://youtu.be/wuVB9ePlySc – my veriti Kiev(((

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