What links the protests in two different parts of the world, namely Kiev and Bangkok? In the former, police brutality appears to further encourage popular support of the E.U. accord that was not signed by President Yanukovich, and Russians watch “longingly“:
To many here, it was unclear whether Mr. Yanukovich’s calm demeanor reflected supreme confidence, complete denial or a combination of the two. Other political leaders in Ukraine acknowledged that the authorities were facing a serious civil disturbance, including the occupation by protesters of Kiev City Hall and the large Trade Unions building nearby, as well as a blockade of the Cabinet Ministry, which prevented top officials from reaching their offices.
And a drone-level view of Thailand offers unique perspectives on the crisis–even as foreign journalists are facing hostile crowds. The police are trying a peaceful approach to reduce the conflict, even as the calendar seems to be playing in favor of the goverment.