Hundreds arrested in Moscow demonstrating for open elections


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Continuing protests in Moscow demanding the right of independent candidates to run for election have resulted in hundreds of arrests in the past week.

I am very much reminded of the protests that led to the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. The difference is that then the government did little to stop them, and then allowed their candidates to run for office, sweeping the communists from power.

Now, Putin’s government seems to be following China’s approach to such protests, which cracked down hard against its own protests in the early 1990s and was thus able to stay in power.

Meanwhile in Hong Kong China is faced with its own new protest movement, now in its ninth week. At this moment China has held off using its full military power to stop the protests, but that might change soon. If so, things will get very bloody.

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  • wayne

    Nicolae & Elena Ceausescu
    https://youtu.be/OY_cWGmfOrg
    7:26

  • Dick Eagleson

    There’s an old bit of show business wisdom to the effect that, “You should be nice to the little people on your way up, because you never know whom you’ll meet again on your way down.” Show people aren’t the only ones who would benefit from heeding this advice.

    Sic semper tyrannis.

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