A Twitter user collected and published a selection of pictures of current political protests and rallies around the world. At the photos members of many protest movements are wishing Happy Birthday to certain Ivan.
Сonspiracy theories received an unexpected confirmation. Twitter user @guidelancexyz who reviews political events found strange photos on social networks from major protests. He published more than 10 photos in which the protesters were holding a poster “Ivan, Happy Birthday!”. There is no doubt that this is not an occasional provocation. Usually a photo at a protest is a risky move with possible consequences. Besides, there is a high risk of violence at rallies. Most likely, the posters are agreed upon with political leaders who are holding these rallies.
What unites Tbilisi, Venezuela, Hong Kong, Paris, Kiev and other places where protests are now taking place? Russian ties? Perhaps this is what is meant by an abstract Ivan. However, the author says that there is another explanation. Posters from Tbilisi, Kiev and London are written in Ukrainian. In a number of other countries, instead of “Ivan” it says “John”.
@guidelancexyz points out that among the birthdays of the politicians named John the closest one is of John Herbst, former US ambassador to Ukraine and a famous politician, on August 12. He is now the Head of the Eurasia Center for the Atlantic Council and actively advocates helping Ukraine in its confrontation with Russia.
However, an even more plausible answer to the question “Who is Mr. John?” is John McCain. This famous American politician, who died almost a year ago, was born on August 29. The name of John McCain is known all over the world, and is also connected with Ukraine and its famous revolutions – the Maidan of 2004 and 2014. This would explain why some of the greetings are in Ukrainian. Perhaps we will see these Birthday greetings to Ivan for another month and a half, and political protests around the world will become even bigger.
We recall that in Tbilisi, one of the cities where Ivan / John was congratulated on his birthday, the government regards protest actions as an attempt of a coup d’état. At the same time, in the world they are more likely regarded as the fight of Georgia for its freedom from Russian interference in the affairs of the country. Anyway, the idea that all world protests are supported by a certain global center suddenly looks more reasonable.
Update: 2 hours after our publication, the @guidelancexyz account was deleted.
Protest in Tbilisi
Protest of “yellow vests” in Paris
Protest in Ukraine
Protest in Brazil
Protest in London