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Ukraine government texts ominous Orwellian message directly to cell phones of protesters

22
Jan
2014

Kiev, Ukraine is the site of violent protest this week, as up to 100,000 people defied new laws which make it illegal to cover ones face, wear a helmet, set up tents, or use a sound system in what was formerly a peaceful assembly. The New York Times reports that protestors are using baseball bats, Molotov cocktails, and even a catapult, while riot police have fired rubber bullets and thrown stun grenades. Around midnight last night, people standing near the fighting received an ominous text message on their cell phone: While some governments like Egypt and Sudan have turned off their networks in response to violent protest, hoping the lack of an easy communication channel would disband the group, the Ukrainian government appears to attempting to scare its citizens by implying that Big Brother is watching and recording their every move.

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