Author: Caleb Maupin is a political analyst who lives in New York City, and is an activist with the International Action Center and Workers World Party. He was part of the Occupy Wall Street mo
Two recent events – violence on the floor of the Ukrainian parliament and the launch of a criminal trial for an Occupy Wall Street activist – are both an example of a rising trend in global politics: austerity terrorism.
On Tuesday, as Petro Symonenko was speaking in the Ukrainian parliament, he was attacked by two members of Svoboda, the ultra-right wing nationalist party. Symonenko, an MP from the Communist Party of Ukraine, was speaking in defense of those in Kharkov, Donetsk, and other parts of Ukraine who were protesting the new, US-backed regime that recently took power. The response of his opponents was to violently drag him from the podium.
The very same day, over 4,700 miles away, jury selection was beginning in a criminal trial in New York City. Cecily McMillan, a young woman who is the northeast regional organizer of the Young Democratic Socialists of America, was grabbed and assaulted by the police while participating in protests on the sixth-month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street on March 17, 2012. They beat her severely, breaking her ribs, and leaving huge, hand-shaped bruises on her breasts. Because she raised her elbow in response to a violent police assault, she is on trial for “assault on a police officer” and faces a possible sentence of seven years in prison.