I posted a story the other day about what is happening in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. It got worse.
Welcome to the Slavic Spring. I pray to God it turns out better than the Arab Spring did…
UPDATE: Courtesy of Twitchy come some of the following…
And one of the most important:
The story he links comes from VICE, one of the more interesting news sources on the planet. While I am not a big fan of VICE’s domestic politics, they are willing to report stories internationally most of the big names don’t think will bring in the ratings. Yes, they are owned by Bill Maher – its why I never watch their documentaries on domestic politics – but their international coverage is some of the best. And this needs to be read to be believed.
“Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance.”
That’s a text message that thousands of Ukrainian protesters spontaneously received on their cell phones today, as a new law prohibiting public demonstrations went into effect. It was the regime’s police force, sending protesters the perfectly dystopian text message to accompany the newly minted, perfectly dystopian legislation. In fact, it’s downright Orwellian (and I hate that adjective, and only use it when absolutely necessary, I swear).
But that’s what this is: it’s technology employed to detect noncompliance, to hone in on dissent. The NY Times reports that the “Ukrainian government used telephone technology to pinpoint the locations of cell phones in use near clashes between riot police officers and protesters early on Tuesday.” Near. Using a cell phone near a clash lands you on the regime’s hit list.
And you though those glorified helicopters the Feds want to use are bad. This is downright totalitarian.