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Criticizing repression of protest abroad, doing it at home: What if Americans Demanded the Ouster of This Government

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Ukraine's new rulers, in one of their first acts, have disbanded that country's riot police.


Now without getting into the complex politics of the ongoing struggles in that country, or into the question of the covert role of the US in backing the protests that brought down the old government in Kiev, this elimination of a brutal paramilitary police organization got me to thinking: If Ukraine, which has just gone through a spasm of deadly violence, and which is still in a very dangerous and politically unsettled situation, can get along without riot police, why can't the United States?


Lately, with political struggles occurring in the streets of Venezuela, Thailand, Ukraine and a number of other places, the US government has been declaring over and over that the governments being challenged should not resort to violence against their own people. 


Here's US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki on Venezuela:



"We support human rights and fundamental freedoms -- including freedom of expression and of peaceful assembly -- in Venezuela as we do in countries around the world." 



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