In Estonia, the revolution will be televised
According to Estonian TV station Channel 2, Russian speaking youths are planning an “uprising” in Estonia on May 9th:
According to the television channel, the youth intend to launch a protest on May 1 and begin a general strike the next day that will turn into a revolt on May 9.
The channel predicted that Estonian authorities could use the army to put down the revolt, which would lead to a sharp react from Russia.
The report follows days of protests and riots by Russian speakers in Estonia, who are aggreived by the Estonian government’s decision to tear down a Soviet war memorial in Talinn and to exhume a number of soldiers buried beneath the monument.
I have to say, I have a great deal of sympathy for the protestors. The Estonian government’s decision comes within the context of continued discrimination against the Russian minority in Estonia – discrimination to which the rest of the European Union seems happy to turn a blind eye.
But I can’t see this getting so out of hand that it goes beyond scattered riots.