(August 5, 2014) Women gather in the dozens to block major highways, carrying signs and banners reading “Save our boys” and “Stop the slaughter.”
Protesters shout down politicians spouting pro-war rhetoric, telling them to “Go fight your own war.”
Young men burn their draft cards, amidst reports of hundreds of soldiers surrendering or deserting to a neighboring country.
Is it a scene from a college town in the U.S. during the 1960s?
No. It’s happening today, in hundreds of cities and villages across Ukraine.
You won’t see it in the corporate media. But people in western, central and even embattled eastern Ukraine are taking to the streets — with women of all ages in the lead — to oppose the new “mobilization law” (military draft) enacted July 22 by the far-right junta of oligarchs, neoliberal politicians and fascists in Kiev.
In the town of Bogorodchany in the Ivano-Frankivsk region, protesters broke into the military registration office and burned draft documents, saying they would not allow their sons to be used as “cannon fodder.