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Reactionaries In Kiev Throw Member Of Parliament In Dumpster, Luhansk And Donetsk Granted Special Status

A reactionary mob in Kiev threw a member of Ukraine’s parliament in a dumpster for supporting a bill that would give special status to regions in East Ukraine. The mob waving flags from neofascist groups such as Svoboda and Right Sector burnt tiees and ultimately assaulted a member of parliament, dumping him in a trash can and hitting him with a tire.

The member of parliament, Vitaly Zhuravsky, was preparing to vote on two important bills.

One of the bills being considered by the Ukrainian parliament was to grant special status to self-declared independent republics in East Ukraine in Donetsk and Luhansk. The disputed territory is at the center of a protracted conflict that broke out after a US-backed coup in Kiev overthrew the democratically elected president and people in the region revolted. Currently the regions are relatively quiet with a ceasefire barely holding as the US conducts military exercises in West Ukraine.

Another bill, favored by reactionary mob, was a plan to purge the current government of officials appointed and loyal to former Ukraine President Yanukovich called “lustration.” Current members of the government would be vetted for loyalty to the current regime. If they fail the test they will be removed from office.

Ultimately both bills passed.

Correspondents say the issues of vetting and corruption are emotional subjects for many in Ukraine, who want to cleanse the government of Mr Yanukovych’s influence. On Tuesday, MP Vitaly Zhuravsky, who belongs to a party described as pro-Russian, was thrown by angry crowds into a bin outside the parliament.

The law on “lustration” – the cleansing of the ranks of power – was approved on the same day as a new law granting self-rule to the eastern regions of Luhansk and Donetsk. That law was part of the truce agreed between separatists and the Ukrainian government, although rebel leaders say they will continue to demand independence, and some Ukrainian MPs have described the move as “capitulation”.

The plan appears to be to allow some autonomy in East Ukraine while trying to clean up corruption in Kiev – no small undertaking. Of course the lustration process could take some twists and turns given that Yanukovich was popularly elected and had a diverse group of personnel in his government – such as current President Petro Poroshenko who served as Economics and Trade Minister under President Yanukovich.

Whether or not the parliament will take up the cause of getting the neofascists under control is another question. Given that some of the right wing militias are now calling for an armed overthrow of the Poroshenko government after being defeated in East Ukraine, it is probably the right time to clean up and demilitarize the groups. Otherwise, the monsters unleashed on East Ukraine may come back and bite their former masters.

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Reactionaries In Kiev Throw Member Of Parliament In Dumpster, Luhansk And Donetsk Granted Special Status

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A reactionary mob in Kiev threw a member of Ukraine’s parliament in a dumpster for supporting a bill that would give special status to regions in East Ukraine. The mob waving flags from neofascist groups such as Svoboda and Right Sector burnt tiees and ultimately assaulted a member of parliament, dumping him in a trash can and hitting him with a tire.

The member of parliament, Vitaly Zhuravsky, was preparing to vote on two important bills.

One of the bills being considered by the Ukrainian parliament was to grant special status to self-declared independent republics in East Ukraine in Donetsk and Luhansk. The disputed territory is at the center of a protracted conflict that broke out after a US-backed coup in Kiev overthrew the democratically elected president and people in the region revolted. Currently the regions are relatively quiet with a ceasefire barely holding as the US conducts military exercises in West Ukraine.

Another bill, favored by reactionary mob, was a plan to purge the current government of officials appointed and loyal to former Ukraine President Yanukovich called “lustration.” Current members of the government would be vetted for loyalty to the current regime. If they fail the test they will be removed from office.

Ultimately both bills passed.

Correspondents say the issues of vetting and corruption are emotional subjects for many in Ukraine, who want to cleanse the government of Mr Yanukovych’s influence. On Tuesday, MP Vitaly Zhuravsky, who belongs to a party described as pro-Russian, was thrown by angry crowds into a bin outside the parliament.

The law on “lustration” – the cleansing of the ranks of power – was approved on the same day as a new law granting self-rule to the eastern regions of Luhansk and Donetsk. That law was part of the truce agreed between separatists and the Ukrainian government, although rebel leaders say they will continue to demand independence, and some Ukrainian MPs have described the move as “capitulation”.

The plan appears to be to allow some autonomy in East Ukraine while trying to clean up corruption in Kiev – no small undertaking. Of course the lustration process could take some twists and turns given that Yanukovich was popularly elected and had a diverse group of personnel in his government – such as current President Petro Poroshenko who served as Economics and Trade Minister under President Yanukovich.

Whether or not the parliament will take up the cause of getting the neofascists under control is another question. Given that some of the right wing militias are now calling for an armed overthrow of the Poroshenko government after being defeated in East Ukraine, it is probably the right time to clean up and demilitarize the groups. Otherwise, the monsters unleashed on East Ukraine may come back and bite their former masters.

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