August 7, 2011 1 Comment
UPDATE1: October 12, 2011 Fury at seven year sentence for Ukraine’s ousted PM
UPDATE2: December 23, 2011 Ukraine court rejects Tymoshenko sentence appeal
“Egyptians and Tunisians are right to be proud of their desire to peacefully overthrow despotic governments. But, as someone who led a peaceful revolution, I hope that pride is tempered by pragmatism, because a change of regime is only the first step in establishing a democracy backed by the rule of law. Indeed, as my country, Ukraine, is now demonstrating, after revolutionary euphoria fades and normality returns, democratic revolutions can be betrayed and reversed.
The first of Ukraine’s lessons for Egyptian and Tunisian democrats is that elections do not a democracy make. After all, what if the enemies of freedom use elections to entrench their anti-democratic agendas? What if elements of the old regime, or the cadres of militant minorities, only pretend to embrace democratic norms in order to hijack the new democracy?” ∼ former Ukrainian PM Yulia Tymoshenko
The revolution betrayed
“Ukraine’s ex-PM Tymoshenko arrested
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Acting on a judge’s orders, police arrested former Ukraine Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko during her abuse-of-office trial on Friday for violations of court procedures.
Her supporters in court, including national lawmakers, squabbled with riot police, trying to prevent them from driving her away in a prison car and shouting: “Shame! Shame!”
Dozens of Tymoshenko’s supporters then gathered outside the court building in central Kiev and tried to block the road, but riot police pushed them aside.
The United States and the European Union have condemned court cases against Tymoshenko and several of her top allies as selective prosecution of political opponents. Germany on Friday expressed “great concern” about Tymoshenko’s arrest.
Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine’s Kremlin-friendly president, has been accused by opposition activists and rights groups of trying to sideline his political opponents and muzzle critical media in a rollback on freedoms championed by his pro-Western predecessor.