I wrote this piece a couple of days ago:

I am now hearing reports that the Ukrainian government is poised to shut down the Internet, phone and cell service, as well as broadcast television access, and is ready to put all citizens under house arrest…leaving all those valiantly protesting in the streets of Kiev — as this young Ukrainian woman says — utterly “alone here.” Perhaps to be murdered one after another by the brutal forces of their own corrupt government when night falls — with no one to bear witness to those horrific events.

This courageous young Ukrainian woman is asking NOTHING of us, of the world…except that we do just that: BEAR WITNESS.

This revolution is really happening. Right now. As I type this. In their hopeful quest for freedom and self-determination, good and righteous people — both men and women and young and old alike — are being wounded, brutalized, murdered, and disappeared…with what may be ZERO accountability, if Kiev loses the ability to report their stories, post their photos and footage, and tell their truths to a shocked and horrified world that is watching helplessly as these people are beaten, arrested, and killed, one by one, by government snipers posted atop the buildings overlooking what is ironically known as Independence Square.

Make NO mistake. What is happening there in Kiev is an abomination of epic proportions — a crime against humanity, that the government is attempting to hide from the eyes of the world.

Isolation, silence, darkness, indifference. History has shown us that this is where atrocities live and thrive. If we turn our heads and look away, we do so at the very peril of losing our own humanity.

May whatever gods you believe in watch over them all.

Please share this video. Please contact your elected officials.

Thank you.

Edited to add: It is now being reported that the Ukrainian anti-government protesters, of which this young woman is one, have taken control of the city of Kiev and that the ruthless dictator, Viktor Yanukovich — whose immediate resignation they had demanded as the ONLY THING NOW THAT WOULD END THE PROTESTS — has fled the city after he and his cabinet ministers discovered that a large number of the police and security forces charged with protecting them had abandoned their posts and joined with their fellow countrymen marching in the streets seeking their freedom.

About muffybolding

Muffy Bolding is a mother/writer/actor/knitter/feminist/withered debutante who likes the smell of asparagus pee, and remains obsessed with the bathroom hygiene of her three children -- despite the fact that they are 23, 19, and 16. She is blissfully married to a cute Jewish boy who looks like Willie Wonka, but remains tragically in love with the dead poet, Ted Hughes. She has the mouth of a Teamster, and her patron saint is Rocco (pestilence relief.) Ms. Bolding lives in Southern California, where she enjoys typing words, making movies, and plucking the rings from the fingers of the dead. She was the co-creator and Editor-in-Chief of the award winning satire zine, Fresno Lampoon, and in between writing screenplays, carnival barking, and savagely threatening her trio of darling larvae with a wooden spoon, she currently publishes the zine, "Withered Debutante." More of her work can also be found in the anthology, "Mamaphonic: Balancing Motherhood and Other Creative Acts", the compilation zine, "Mamaphiles III: Coming Home", as well as in The Cortland Review and She is currently writing and producing for film and television, and working on a book of essays entitled, "Inside A Chinese Dragon." She has slept around, but not nearly as much as she would have liked.
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