Kiev, Ukraine has exploded with protests that are unlike anything seen before. Citizens are protesting what they consider tyranny on the part of the government, including new laws heavily restricting protests.
Protestors received a text message from the government that is perfectly frightening.
“Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance.”
Thousands of phone subscribers got that text as a new law banning public demonstration went into effect. The protestors are fighting the new laws that block public assembly and protests.
The text message was unsigned, and local Kiev phone companies denied sending it. The text echoed a new law that bans participation in protests that are deemed violent. Some predict that the text feat was pulled off using geo-tracking capability on the phones of the protestors assembled in downtown Kiev. International media that was on the scene also received the text, so the geo-tracking is likely the method that was used by the sender.
This is not the first time this has happened. A text blast was sent to protestors in Egypt during Mubarak’s presidency in 2011, appealing to “honest and loyal men to confront the traitors and criminals and protect our people and honor.”
As of now, Kiev cell phone companies are denying involvement and pointing to hackers.
The government has not released an official statement on their involvement or lack thereof. Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, blamed the European Union and United States politicians for encouraging the fighting of the last week. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/22/world/europe/ukraine-protests.html?_r=1