contributions to peace and security.” This led to a standing ovation which drown out the progressive protesters.
As the world watches the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russian Federation, there is unrest in Kjiv, Ukraine. Nearly twenty years ago, Nike advertised the that Revolution would not be televised. That proves untrue as Espreso TV was carrying it live as paramilitary attacked the peaceful protestors throughout the night of February 19th. First news reports indicate that 22 fatalities with 1,000 people injured, but based on the constant pops in the night air and the burning pyres of the barricades in the main square, this could be a low estimate.
The EuroMaidan protests began on November 21st, 2013 when protestors gathered at Independence Square in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine when President Yanukovych suddenly swayed away from an associate agreement with the European Union and chose to strengthen economic ties with Russia. The protest snowballed on November 30th when a group of students were attacked by the police, and it became a national movement.
While Kjiv’s main square constantly has 20,000 protestors (and can swell up to 800,000), there are said to be mini Maidans throughout the country, but much more pronounced in Western Ukraine. George Weigel characterized the Euromaidan protests as the rising up of a nation which is tired of being ruled by thieves and barbarians and stand against a thugocracy.