This Associated Press video is called Ukraine Protests Before Bush Visits. It says about itself:
Several thousand people rally outside the U.S. Embassy in the Ukraine, ahead of a visit by President Bush. They burned an effigy of Bush, shouting for Bush to get out and not pull the country into NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. (March 31)
From Al Jazeera:
Ukrainians protest over Bush visit
Thousands of protesters have gathered in Ukraine‘s capital to denounce Washington and Nato ahead of a visit by George Bush, the US president.
Bush arrived in Kiev on Monday for a two-day visit before this week’s Nato summit in Romania, where Ukraine hopes to win approval for the first step in the country’s bid to join the military alliance.
About 5,000 protesters, comprised mainly of communists and other left-wing groups, massed in Independence Square before moving off to the US embassy as police looked on.
Many waved flags and placards saying “Bush out of Ukraine” and “Yankee go home” as Soviet-era songs blared in the background.
Ukraine’s bid to secure a Membership Action Plan (Map), the preliminary phase for joining Nato, is running into opposition from Russia, limited support for the alliance inside Ukraine and doubts among Nato nations in Western Europe.
Dutch NOS TV briefly showed images of the demonstrators in Independence Square, with red flags and a “Fuck Bush” sign. Then, the camera focus panned outwards, in order to show that the demonstrators certainly did not fill all of the big Independence Square.
This reminded me of corporate media policy five years ago, when United States soldiers pulled down the statue of Saddam Hussein in Firdous Square in Baghdad, Iraq.
Then, the corporate media gave the impression there was a big crowd of Iraqis around that statue, cheering. Then, the camera focus did not pan outwards. If it would have panned outwards, it would have shown to the world that the crowd was really small (it consisted mainly of United States soldiers, foreign media people, and very recently arrived supporters of Iraqi convicted bank fraud cum Iranian-United States double agent, Ahmed Chalabi; see also here).
Such differences in camera policy …
Ukraine update, September 2008: here.