'Tender' Revolutions Give Birth to 'Tough' Problems
Last Sunday, protesters outside the president's office in Kiev tried to break the line of riot police guarding the building by charging them with a bulldozer.
This Sunday the demonstrators pulled down and decapitated the statue of Lenin in central Kiev.
These are just some of the breaking news headlines coming from Kiev the days. This is what I call a revolution or at least a revolution in the making.
I don't believe in the so-called 'tender revolutions'. They have been devised to replace the real revolution and mislead ordinary people that something is happening, changing. It takes some blood shedding to bring a country to the brink of revolution – it has been like that for ages and it will be like that in the future, no matter whether we like it or not.
But, please, don't take this as a call for violence or new wave of protests. Truth is, Bulgaria has never experienced a real revolution. Bulgaria has experienced only “tender” revolutions and it is a small wonder that we are facing “tough” problems.
No matter how different opinions of Bulgaria's summer protests are, there is one attribute nobody can deny them – creative.
The protests are a real achievement of a flash mob expression, the problem is that never has a government been toppled with art performances, but with fighting. That's the truth, for good or bad.
There are numerous examples of that – Ukraine, Libya, Egypt.
It is a matter of a different point of view whether Bulgaria's protesters have a just cause or not, but nobody can deny that after so many days of rallying the protesters look like bleating sheep in front of the closed gates of those in power.
The prime minister is free to come and go whenever he wants – true, through the back door, but it is ok with him, as he himself once said.
Are Bulgaria's protests infected by fear or fatigue? Which takes the upper hand? It is difficult to answer that question, may be protesters are both full of fear and fatigue.
At the same time some old wise men are complaining that as a nation Bulgarians are divided.
What is wrong with that?
The problem is not that we are divided. It is good that we are different and have different opinions. The problem is that we are artistic when we have to be serious and serious when we have to be artistic and have fun!
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Unfortunately there is no one to replace the mafia-backed government. Not saying that the current government shouldn't step down by somebody should be ready to take the stand and offer an alternative policy and actually, for a change, practice what they preach instead of just throwing empty promises around.
There is another factor though, when it comes to Ukraine the International community (which is a euphemism for Western Europe and America) actually cares about the protestors because they are in their favor, hence they offer political, diplomatic and maybe even in the future military support, whereas when it comes to Bulgaria they couldn't care less because the current government does whatever they tell it to, doesn't get in the way of their interests hence why should they even bother mentioning the protests, you here Ukraine in all the news agencies but you won't here Bulgaria anywhere.
The authors comment 'the protestors look like bleating sheep' very insightful but the sheep would be smart enough to have an agenda, the protestors have no agenda so even their tender protests will fail because they are completely pointless.
We do not need violence in Bulgaria, so far the violence has been managed in a reasonable way by the Police.
I think the bleating sheep are getting tired of their pointless protest.