Only Thing Missing from Kiev Revolt was the Sound Track of Rolling Stones’ “Street Fighting Man”
The tactics used by protesters and riot police described in this remarkable article about the Kiev revolt are old, going back to Roman times. However, crude modern weapons, such as the Molotov Cocktail, are highly effective, as can be seen what they did very quickly to an armored carrier in one of videos shown here. That such can all be successful against a more powerful force, as is seen in Kiev, must give the 1% pause in the US, where such tactics can be duplicated when the tipping is reached for revolting against America’s kleptocrats. What remains to be seen, however, is what will the good citizens of Kiev do when they find out they swapped Russian kleptocrats for American/European kleptocrats (IMF, World Bank), who will be even more efficient and ruthless at robbing and enslaving them?
“Protesters shot fireworks with makeshift launchers. In combination with throwing stones and using slingshots, they overwhelmed disoriented Berkut special forces units, who were pelted with flying objects as fireworks exploded around them. Protesters wore military helmets and carried makeshift—or captured—shields. Wooden boards were used to protect their lower legs from shrapnel the police taped to exploding stun grenades. Among the array of homemade weapons, some were perhaps a little too ambitious. A crude trebuchet—a type of medieval catapult which uses a counterweight to fling objects—was overrun and dismantled. To shield themselves from the onslaught, the police special forces units known as Berkut adopted distinct testudo formations. This packed shield formation was used by the Roman Empire, developed to shield infantry units from arrows. The first line holds its shields forward, with each preceding line holding their shields towards the sky.”