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Created by John Eipper on 02/04/21 4:04 AM

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Protests in Russia, Protests in Washington... (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 02/04/21 4:04 am)

I was shocked to see the YouTube video presented by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty attached to Boris Volodarsky's post of 3 February. What police brutality!  Such acts could not happen in the civilized and democratic West such as the US...or maybe it would be worse?

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is a US government-funded organization supervised by the US Agency for Global Media, broadcasting in 27 languages. Radio Free Europe was founded in 1949 for anti-communist propaganda.

As I have written before, I was a great fan of Radio Free Europe, always listening to it while at sea.  I cannot forget how during the heroic Hungarian fight against the Soviet Forces in the fall of 1956 the transmissions were continuously inciting the poor Hungarians to keep on fighting, as the free countries would never leave them to their fate...

The Soviets were on the air with Radio Moscow World Service (starting in 1925), broadcasting in 70 languages at its top, also featuring excellent classical music.  After 1993 it became the Voice of Russia, while presently China Radio International works in 46 languages.

As so well said by Boris and by our esteemed moderator, the arrest of Navalny, officially for embezzlement, has led to a lot of protests.  Now Bastian Contrario asks:

Suppose that the countries outside the Empire asked for the immediate freeing of the people that protested in and outside the Capitol in Washington, and if their diplomats showed their support during the trials, what would American opinion be?

Italian television is full of condemnations of the huge deployment of policemen to face the pro-Navalny protesters, but few have considered the 25,000 police and National Guards prepared for war on every corner of Washington in order to face possible pro-Trump protesters.  Oh, well, there are more than 28,500 US troops in South Korea to face the evil from the North.

JE comments:  O Bastian!  I first read your hypothetical last night, and have been thinking about it ever since.  My knee-jerk reply would be that the Russian protests are against a corrupt authoritarian, while their Washington counterparts were for one.  Yet there are other ways to interpret the events.  Laws were broken in both countries, even though I take it for granted that Putin's laws against the protests aren't fair or "democratic."

Please correct me if I oversimplify.

On another topic, does anyone in WAISworld listen to China Radio International?   If so, please tell us more.


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