UKRAINE — In a move that is picking up international attention, the people of Ukraine have begun bringing mirrors to their protests.
They say they’re doing it to force police to look at their own reflection, in a piercing psychological reminder of what they’ve turned into.
The idea came about after police were seen violently attacking hundreds of Ukrainians who are upset with their government.
In one shocking video, swarms of police can be seen kicking, stomping, and trampling a defenseless man.
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Now, police are being forced to face themselves in the mirror.
Several appeared to be ashamed or confused. Several others smiled as if to pretend that it didn’t get to them.
Others turned away, not wanting to look at all.
They believe that police have become an institution designed to protect criminal governments rather than families and communities.
The mirrors have had an intense effect on the psyches of many officers.
Some reports suggest that the government currently has plans to ban the use of mirrors at protests, labeling them as “potential weapons.”
Several officers could not even look at themselves in the mirror.
As news about the mirrors continues to spread online, it is sure to become a trend in protests around the world, with commenters saying things like:
“That is the most beautiful and brilliant form of protest I have heard of in a long time.”
“Unless you’ve had every shred of decency and humanity brainwashed out of you, how could you not be ashamed on some level to see yourself standing there; an iron-clad Stormtrooper armed to beat back your own people.
Congratulations, you’ve become a Nazi, your mother must be very proud. I will Never understand how someone could do that.”
“I don’t agree with the reason that Ukrainians are protesting (they want to be included in the corrupt EU), but this is a DAMN good idea. I hope it spreads”
(Images by Kostyantyn Chernichkin.)