Demonstrations against the new rulers are impossible. Communists attacked and abused. Fascists patrolling with the police.
By Susann Witt-Stahl, Junge Welt
Kiev - In the February 21 agreement mediated by the three EU foreign ministers between the then government and the opposition in Ukraine, the leaders of the “Maidan” undertook responsibility to disarm all non-governmental militias. This did not happen even after the fall of President Viktor Yanukovych. The Maidan in the center of Kiev is like still an armed camp.
Even on the interchanges, outside the headquarters of the Ukrainian parliament and other major buildings, everywhere are helmeted and masked fighters in full gear, equipped with iron bars and baseball bats. Quite a few of them carry pistols and revolvers. The red-black flags with the inscription “Prawi sector” (right sector) or UNSO (Ukrainian National Self-Defense, the paramilitary arm of the party Ukrainian National Assembly) and the “Wolf Fishing” yellow armbands which some of the militiamen wear, leave no room for doubt: It is the militant rightists that dominate the public space.
Just days ago, a member of the Communist Party of Ukraine (KPU) was detained during a visit to Kiev by members of the right block, abducted to the base and there mistreated for two days, said Sergei Kiritschuk of the revolutionary Marxist organization Borotba (Struggle). Only on the insistent demands of a woman who volunteered medical service on the Maidan was the seriously injured man freed. He was put on a train to Moscow and put in a hospital. The diagnosis of the doctors there: Several broken ribs and a lung injury.
The Central Committee of Borotba, which was created in 2006 by former members of the KPU, got to safety in time before the fascist assault squads reached them. To the west of the country and in Kiev, the right-wing already raged a few hours after the fall of Yanukovych, attacking the institutions of communist organizations. Leftists first found refuge in Kharkiv and Donetsk. Many activists left the regions affected by the witch-hunts, Kiritschuk reported.
Those who had remained in Kiev would have to avoid showing themselves in public. Anti-fascist protests are impossible to organize. ”Every demonstration with a red flag would be immediately attacked by fascist gangs,” said Kiritschuk. ”Europe does not understand what is happening here,” he criticized. The West trivializes the problem.
Although the ultra-nationalists and fascists were clearly in the minority, “they are very tightly organized, strengthened ideologically — and now they are heavily armed,” he pointed out. “They are driving Ukrainian society to the right.”
To what extent this is already underway, you can imagine from a measure which has been ordered by the new interior minister Arsen Awakow, a confidant of Julia Tymoshenko: “The State Police has recently been ordered to patrol alongside the self-defense forces of the Maidan,” Kiritschuk reported. ”That is to say, the rightists now also officially control the cities of Ukraine.”