In memory of the Nazi Prisoners during World War 2, the ladies of FEMEN took to Kiev’s Independence Square. While it is difficult to call this a protest, primarily because it is timed to coincide with the Day of Rememberance for Holocaust survivors (American forces liberate the Buchenwald concentration camp).
FEMEN raised their concern for Ukraine’s current government, being led by Viktor Yanukovich, returning to a fascist regime, as the one western Ukraine had during the German occupation of WWII.
FEMEN’s Alexandra Shevchenko made the following statement (rough translation)
We are seriously concerned about the possibility of Ukraine returning to Nazi values, as a logical result of government incompetence and apathy of the people of Ukraine. At such times, people tend to lean towards a home-grown “Fuhrer” mentality. It is important for Ukrainians to remember the lessons of history.
The recurrence of fascism in Ukraine is not only visible in the growing popularity of nationalist parties, but also the sexist stance of Yanukovych and Azarov.
Ukraine suffered greatly during WWII, Kiev was one of the worst effected. Many people still remember the atrocities committed, and interestingly enough FEMEN’s show of remembrance was welcomed by many.
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