Over the weekend I watced a video of Ukrainian president Yanukovich's security forces gunning down unarmed protesters. The brutal bloodshed was widely reported in the international press and condemned by human rights organizations such as Amnesty International. The terrible incident was also reported in Germany - but with one notable exception: there was no mention of the murder of protesters in the left-wing publications. Instead, the protesters were described as roving bands of "fascists" who were incited by the United States. The leftwing daily Junge Welt ran screaming headlines: "Right-Wing Putsch - Fascists in control in Kiev." The success of the mass protests is being depicted as a severe security threat to Russia. Even worse, the "fascists" are committed terrible crimes:
Im ganzen Land wurden mehrere Dutzend Lenindenkmäler und Denkmäler für den Sieg der Sowjetarmee im Zweiten Weltkrieg gestürzt.
(Throughout the country several dozen statues of Lenin were toppled, along with monuments commemmorating the victory of the Soviet army in World War II."
Of course, the protests had nothing to do with the crackdown on civil liberties in the Ukraine, or the massive corruption of Yanukovich and his close circle who looted $$billions from the national coffers. Rather, as learn in NachDenkSeiten, the whole thing was orchestrated by the United States:
Der Protest in der Ukraine war gut und teuer organisiert.
Für 2012 gibt es dazu nähere Angaben. Die USA gaben für ihre weltweite Einflussarbeit mindestens 5 Milliarden $ aus. Über die NED, die National Endowment for Democracy in Washington D.C. wurden 2012 117 Millionen in die Ukraine geleitet. Die Beauftragte der US-Regierung für die Ukraine und einige andere Länder der Region, Nuland, hat bei einer Pressekonferenz im Dezember 2013 davon berichtet.
(The protest in the Ukraine was well funded and well-organized: We have details from expenditures. Worldwide the US spends over $5 billion to expand its influence. The National Endowment for Democracy in Washington DC channeled $117 million to the Ukraine. The US envoy to the region, Nuland reported about this a press conference.)
What types of evil, fascist enterprises did the Americans fund? NachDenkSeiten helpfully provides a detailed list. Here is typical grant:
Independent Association of Broadcasters
To raise awareness of human rights, protect freedom of speech, and educate youth about the role of media in democratic society. The Association will organize its third annual “Kinomedia” festival, which will include film screenings and public lectures in seven Ukrainian cities. The Association will also organize a short film competition for youth, focusing on media freedom, democracy and human rights.
For the German left, any effort funded by the US to promote parliamentary democracy, transparency, and objective journalism = Fascism.
Today new documents surfaced in Kiev that outline plans for an even greater assault by Yanukovich against the protesters. Again, no coverage by the left in Germany. Instead, there is constant reporting on how the US is behnd the growing mass protests against repression in Venezuela.
plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose