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Germany: protests against Jazenjuk

No to the aggressive line against Russia

2. June 2014

On May 29 Ukraine’s acting prime minister Jazenjuk was invited to Aachen, Germany, to laud van Rompuy who has been awarded the Charlemagne prize. Along with him came representatives of Georgia and Moldavia, both countries within the Russian sphere of influence leaning towards the west. The entire event was meant as a political signal against Russia.


Several hundred people gathered in support of the uprising of the people of eastern Ukraine, against the war waged by Kiev and German endorsement for it. The rally was organised by a coalition of leftist forces ranging from the parliamentary party “Die Linke”, the peace movement to the groups affiliated with the Anti-imperialist Camp. Many people from eastern Ukraine or Russia joined in as well.

The protesters shouted “Jazenjuk murderer, Jazenjuk terrorist” referring to the high level of repression across Ukraine and especially the violent attack on the Eastern protest movement. They demanded: “NATO and EU hands off Ukraine”.

Though the mobilisation could not overcome the usual cordon sanitaire imposed on the anti-imperialist left, there is indeed a wide-spread popular sentiment across Germany against the aggressive line on Russia subservient to Washington. This has been already expressed when the Snowden case rocked first of all Germany. While the Merkel government backed American spying (despite the fact that they themselves were tapped), Snowden is perceived as a hero by many.

It is worth mentioning that also supporters of the new Ukrainian regime took to the street. By hoisting the Israeli flag they did not fail to mark which side they are on.

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