Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Mainstream Media Excuses Reactionary Violence in Moldova

Most people have never heard of the country of Moldova, but today the southern European nation made international news headlines. In response to significant victories won by the Communist Party in Moldova, conservative opposition groups have reacted with widespread vandalism and barbarity. Protesters destroyed and burned government offices and attacked police officers trying to restore order. The opposition has claimed the elections were "fraudulent" although, election observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said in preliminary findings that the vote was largely free and democratic.

As usual, the New York Times and other dominant media outlets portray the violent anti-democratic actions of right-wing groups as laudable. In the final analysis, these news outlets will continue to oppose any leftist government or social movement that challenges the international status-quo, even if they choose to do so democratically. The video below shows live footage of vandals destroying government property.

It is not unusual for reactionaries to use violent means after they fail to win elections. The democratically elected leftist-government of Evo Morales in Bolivia too has been a frequent victim of reactionary violence by right-wing opposition parties. The media largely ignored these attacks, although a recent United Nations Human Rights report blasted right-wing violence in Bolivia.

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