Wednesday, December 11, 2013

No Pasaran!

Amsterdam, Lviv, December 11 - I just decided to go to sleep when someone twittered: 'They gonna crack down Euromaidan any minute now.' I couldn't believe my eyes. I just finished chatting with Orysya. I was not so pessimistic as she was. She could't bare looking at the TV anymore. I saw something as a way out comming up. The Round Table, the talks with Ashton and Nuland. Maybe a possible scenario could be like this: Azarov resigns, the Association Agreement is signed in March 2014 and we beat Yanukovych in 2015, after creating a decent political grass roots movement. 'Don't be naive Rudi', Orysya chatted. Again I said something like 'it could be a reasonable compromise'.  'You are a dreamer! But I like it!', she wrote. And then the tweet appeared on my screen: 'They gonna crack down Euromaidan.'
I immediate turned on Hromaske TV and saw the unbearable truth. Even with Ashton and Nuland in Kyiv Yanukovych didn't hesitate to use force, or better: violence, against peaceful demonstrators who simply use their civil rights! After watching two ours in rage and frustration - one moment deciding 'I'm going back to Kyiv!', where I walked at Maidan last week, then knowing that my wife would be to scared to let me go - I went to bed. Emotionally exhausted. The last words were for Orysya: 'No compromise. The bastards!'

When I woke up, after a couple of hours of sleep, I immediately turned on my iPad and checked Kyiv Post. And I was so proud: 'We are still there! The Euromaydaniers kept their ground! There are even more people! Kyiv City Hall is still occupied! Most off all: the resistance was without violence. We defied  them!' Off course this was all a bit over the top. But still: I saw how many Berkut were on Maydan last night. It was against all odds. Still they didn't succeed. They didn't dare to beat. I'm pretty sure this is an enormous moral victory of Euromaidan. It was like the words I shared last week with an older man near the presidential palace, he not speaking English, I not speaking Ukraine: 'No Pasaran!' It is Spanish, and for the both of us it was perfectly clear what it meant.

During the day the little big stories came in. Katya Gorchinskaya put them in a beautiful and impressive editiorial in the Kyiv Post: Birth of a Nation. Ukrainians are acting in a new way, resembling what Hannah Arendt would call the political essence of acting: beginning anew. Today Orysya send me a note she picked up from Facebook what this beginning anew in Ukrainian daily life means: "This message is posted by my friend, who is getting ready to depart for Kyiv tonight. His neighbour, being not so rich and living alone (she is not even a mid-class), has brought him the tinned food, lemons and bread. She said that these are more imortant for those who are standing up at Maidan for our freedom, for our rights. She was not very friendly before, they often quarelled over different neighbour staff, but this is exactly the moment, when the consolidation feeling unites the people" (Rudi, Orysya)

1 comment:

  1. very good blog-I too , was awake watching and saw berkut rush and wack people. The rally cry was sent and I awoke in the Uk with My Ukraine , Defiant and ready, and the improvised water cannon's was such a neat tactic-What Klitschko called Yanu, "Vile" sums up the man who stop's Ukraine's dream-"To decide there own future"-Stay safe

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