Ukraine: Autonomous Workers Union Statement on the Current Political Situation

acab   The laws which were passed on January 16th showed that the  faction of the ruling class which now controls the government is ready  to install a reactionary bourgeois dictatorship on the model of the  Latin American regimes of the 1970s. The “dictatorship laws” criminalize  any protest and limit the freedom of speech; also, they establish  responsibility for “extremism”. Parliamentary mouthpieces of the class  dictatorship of corrupted bureaucracy and monopolist bourgeoisie are the  Party of Regions and the so called “Communist” Party of Ukraine which  has long ago become a political force serving interests of capital.


  The Ukrainian  repressive system leans on the police apparatus and  street gangs of  pro-government stormtroopers. Sometimes such  paramilitary structures  are commanded by retired police officers. Death  squads are also in  action. According to confirmed information, two  people were kidnapped  from a hospital and tortured. One of them died in a  forest. Special  forces use pinpoint firing against protesters, and not  only from  traumatic guns. One of the killed, according to a photo of his  body,  was shot in his heart. According to all indications he was a  victim of a  sniper. In the morning of January 23 the number of the  killed  constituted from 5 to 7 persons. And we don’t know the real scale  of  violence.

  The  ideology of  the ruling regime is a mixture of Putin-style   nationalism, conspiracy  theories and conviction in their right, as   elite, to rule over stupid  populace.  Groups of support to Berkut  (the  main riot police force) in social  networks are full of  anti-Semitic  articles which claim that the  opposition leaders are Jews  and want to  vitiate the people by  legalizing same-sex marriages. This  hardly  differs from the rhetoric  of Ukrainian right radicals.

  Over    the last days not only the far right confront the government,  but   also  people of more moderate views. And they constitute the majority    of the  protesters. Many of them are indifferent to nationalism or    negatively  predisposed to it. Many of them don’t support integration    into the EU.  People go into the streets to protest against police    violence. And a  significant part of them is unenthusiastic or even    skeptical about the  clashes in the Grushevskogo street. Often one can    hear that right  radicals are a “Trojan horse” of Yanukovych and   special  services,  designed to discredit the protest. Certainly there   would be  many more  Kievites participating in the protests if there  was  a way to  take those  idiots useful to the government out of the   streets. Top of  their  demands is to give them jobs in the Security   Service of Ukraine after  the “victorious revolution”.

  Anarchists     ought to participate in demonstrations and pickets which  are    dedicated  to defense of the rights and freedoms usurped by the laws    of  January  16th. It makes sense to take action at one’s  workplace  or   neighborhood  and to help sabotage the dictatorship’s  decisions.    There’s not much  sense in participating in the activities in     Grushevskogo street, which  were meaningless from the very beginning.     These activities only give  the government pretty picture for    television  and enable it to identify  radical elements by locating    mobile phones and  videotaping.

  In     the case of the opposition’s victory, as well as in the case of  the     government’s victory we’ll have to wage long and hard war against   any    of those regimes. This should be understood. We need to gather    forces   in order to start dictating our own libertarian and   proletarian  agenda   in Ukrainian politics.

No gods, no masters! No nations, no borders!


Autonomous Workers’ Union, Kiev local

January 23, 2014