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26.11.2013

Mykolaiv bans peaceful assembly altogether

   

 Photo: Korrespondent.net

Mykolaiv breaks all records with the ban extending until Orthodox Christmas, Odessa is not far behind with a ban until New Year A number of other cities have imposed bans on tents which Berkut riot police, as well as some strange assistants, are highly proactive in enforcing

According to the organizer of the pro-EU Association protests in Mykolaiv, Yevhenia Mateichuk, the Mykolaiv Regional District Administrative Court has allowed the application from the Mykolaiv City Council and banned any protests in the centre of Mykolaiv until 7 January 2014. 

The relevant ban was issued by Judge Oksana Malykh in the early hours of Sunday morning.

On Friday evening around 250 protesters, including members of the regional and city councils held a rally in support of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.  It was decided that this would be indefinite.  During that night the police, demanding that they remove their tents, stormed the protest several times.

The authorities’ response to the EuroMaidan demonstrations thus far:

Blanket bans

Mykolaiv breaks all records with the ban extending until Orthodox Christmas,  

Odessa is not far behind with the ban until New Year (see: Odessa EuroMaidan: Heavy-handed measures by police and their questionable back-up

Kharkiv Mayor Kernes’’ attempt at a directive, on the grounds of a supposed flu epidemic, attempting to ban all mass events does not count since a court order is needed  (Kharkiv Mayor uses flu as pretext to ban EuroMaidan)

No tents (and other “small architectural forms”)

Kyiv:   District Administrative Court in Kyiv, 21 Nov  (ban until 7 January 2014)

Lviv:   District Administrative Court, 23 Nov (ban until 29 Nov)

Chernihiv: Chernihiv Administrative Court, 25 Nov  (see http://www.khpg.org/en/index.php?id=1385386562)

The list is unfortunately likely to be extended (and may not be full)

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