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Explained: Why anti-government protests are rocking Ukraine, Thailand, Venezuela

Sunday, 23 February 2014 - 9:58am IST | Agency: dna webdesk

Three countries in three continents are seeing the rise of public dissent against their leaders taking shape in the form of bloody protests. Here's why these protests are taking place.
  • Images of protests from Ukraine, Thailand, Venezuela Reuters

Bloody scenes of public death on the streets of Ukraine, Thailand and Venezuela has caused many to stop watching the news. From a beauty queen being killed on the streets of Venezuela, to the common man suffering in Thailand as a woman tweets about her 'death' in Ukraine, bloodshed and injury has been all around.

The world media has been keenly reporting the image by image, step by step action from both the government and protesters at ground level in all three countries.

The Associated Press reports on Ukraine saying, 'The protests began in November after President Viktor Yanukovych froze ties with the EU in exchange for a $15 billion bailout from Russia, but the political maneuvering continued and Moscow later suspended its payments. The clashes outside parliament erupted after the opposition accused the government of ignoring its demands even after nearly three months of protests that have paralyzed the capital. It was the worst violence since the protests began in late November.'

CNN who has had extensive coverage of the protests in all three countries on their website reports saying, 'Months of protests against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra that have deepened political divisions in the Southeast Asian nation. Protesters say Yingluck is a puppet of her billionaire brother, the deposed, exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The protests were sparked in November by Yingluck's government's botched attempt to pass an amnesty bill that would have paved the way for her brother's return to the political fray in earnest. Yingluck had hoped the elections held earlier this month could help ease tensions. But the main opposition party boycotted the vote and protesters caused widespread disruption. That left the outcome of the election inconclusive, without enough results to reopen parliament. It remains unclear when election officials will be able to complete the voting in disrupted areas. The civil unrest of recent months is the worst to hit Thailand since a crackdown on pro-Thaksin demonstrators in 2010 left scores of people dead.'

On the tensions in Venezuela, Fox News Latino reports, 'Violence has escalated across Venezuela since a Feb. 12 opposition rally that was followed by clashes between young activists and the National Guard in which three people died.  The unrest has been particularly high in Táchira state, on Venezuela's western border with Colombia, where anti-government protesters have clashed with police and National Guard units, disrupting life in its capital, San Cristóbal. President Nicolás Maduro's opponents charged that he has unleashed the military, police and civilian militias against those who blame the administration for hardships in a country that is rich in oil but struggling with overheated inflation and one of the world's worst homicide rates.'

Fake and real photographs, media blackouts, social media messages are all playing their part in making the situation in these countries difficult to control. As these protests continue in Kiev, Bangkok and Caracas, the capital cities which are the seat of power is becoming day by day a mass murder bed where thousands of people are being slaughtered as the pro and anti-government agencies clash.

Almost all countries in the world are unhappy with their governments, perhaps these images and scenes of widespread violence and bloodshed from Ukraine, Thailand and Venezuela will send the message to other nations that force may not be the right way to express discontent against the policies of the ruling class.

Perhaps the teachings and ways of Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi who were the greatest preachers and practitioners of non-violence need to be used in these three countries as a means to peacefully fight against anti-people government policies. As protests continue in these countries, the world waits and watches as various other nations try to broker peace.



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