The wearing of the St. George Ribbon parallels “The Wearing of the Green”

Tabu in today's Ukraine: the St. George Ribbon, then, in British-ruled Ireland, a shamrock

Yelena Berezhnaya arrested for wearing St. George Ribbon
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Today’s event in Kiev cannot but call to mind the Irish resistance song that followed on the British repression of Ireland in the late 1700s. As reported by Novorosinform:

“Police arrested Yelena Bezhnaya, the mother of the deceased ex-deputy from the Party of Regions Irina Berezhnaya. She was participating in the “Immortal Regiment.”

“And on her dress Berezhnaya wore the St George Ribbon, forbidden by Ukrainian legislation. The mother of the deceased MP was detained during the “Immortal Regiment” parade. The woman resisted during the detention, and was put into the patrol car by force.

“Public use of the St. George ribbon in Ukraine is an administrative offense.

“Today, two people with St. George ribbons were detained in Odessa.

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“Previously, the director of the institute of national memory Vyatrovich, said that those exhibiting communist symbols during the celebration of May 9, would be held accountable, including criminally.”

In 1800, the Green Shamrock, in our times, the St. George Ribbon.

The lyrics go like this:

Oh, Paddy dear, did you hear the news that’s going ’round?
The shamrock is forbid by law to grow on Irish ground
Saint Patrick’s Day no more to keep, his color can’t be seen
For there’s a bloody law again’ the Wearing of the Green.
I met with Napper Tandy and he took me by the hand
And he said “How’s poor old Ireland and how does she stand?”
“She’s the most distressful country that ever yet was seen
For they’re hanging men and women there for Wearing of the Green.

Sure Ireland’s sons will never forget the blood that they have shed
You may pull the shamrock from your hat and cast it on the sod
But ’twill take root and flourish there, though underfoot ’tis trod.
When laws can stop the blades of grass for growing as they grow
And when the leaves in summertime their verdure dare not show
Then I will change the color too I wear in my caubeen*

I used to sing it in my childhood. Here it is, sung by John McCormick.

 

 

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