Last weekend, thousands of demonstrators across multiple continents protested against the state-sponsored violence in Venezuela. Attending the protest in front of the Federal Building in West Los Angeles, I tried not to recall how much blood had been spilled here in recent years.
The US-supported opposition in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is taking its cue from the anti-government protests taking place across the Atlantic Ocean in Ukraine. Failing to win any of Venezuela’s elections by earning a popular mandate from the majority of the population in the last few years, the leaders of the mainstream opposition are now resorting to colour revolution tactics and a Ukraine-style disruption strategy.
More than 150 people were wounded in Bosnia on Friday in the worst civil unrest in the country since the 1992-95 war as anger over the dire state of the economy and political inertia boiled over.
Angry protesters set fire to part of the presidential palace in Sarajevo in protests over unemployment and corruption, as well as government buildings in the capital Sarajevo, Tuzla and Zenica.
Wednesday is Ukraine‘s Day of National Unity, but the country has never felt so divided.
At least three people have died in Kiev, the first casualties of a protest movement that has rumbled on for two months before bursting dramatically into violence over the weekend.
Two protesters were shot dead during clashes with police, who attempted to take back control of the city centre. Prosecutors confirmed earlier claims by the protest leaders that the pair had been shot with live ammunition. A third protester died after falling from a high column at Dynamo Kiev’s football stadium while fighting with police, Reuters reported.
As smoke and flames billow upward from the streets of Ukraine’s capital city Kiev after days of increasingly violent civil unrest, protesters have discovered that the Ukrainian government is using cell phones to pinpoint exactly when and where clashes with riot police are occuring.
This raises the possibility that demonstraters who have not been arrested are being registered on a watchlist maintained by the Ukrainian government, which recently passed a law making it a crime to participate in a demonstration. Those with cell phones who were near the clashes received the following text message from their cellular service providers: Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance.