Opposition march clashes with police
Scuffles broke out after the thousand-strong protest procession were stopped by two rows of police from marching along Volodymyrska St in order to take a memorandum with demands to the President’s Administration.
Protests for Tymoshenko on Ukraine Independence Day
Associated Press was just one of the international agencies which followed the protests in Kyiv against the arrest and prosecution of Yulia Tymoshenko, Yury Lutsenko and other former government officials
Opposition prevented from bringing people out onto the streets on 24 August
The Party of the Regions has criticized plans by the opposition to hold protests on Independence Day, 24 August. Meanwhile the courts in a number of Ukrainian cities have banned mass protests
Rivne Court orders dismantling of protesters’ tents
The court thus acceded to the application of the Mayor of Rivne and ordered the tents erected by the Rinve Regional Committee against Dictatorship to be dismantled for the period from 23 to 29 August,. This covers Independence Day and President Yanukovych’s planned visit to the city
Pensioners detained for trying to tell Yanukovych what they think of him
The police detained them for planning a protest with banners “insulting to the President”
Crimean court bans anti-government flash mob
The Simferopol Local Court has banned a flash mob planned on Monday near the Crimean Council of Ministers citing the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR from 28 July 1988 in justification on this new restriction on peaceful assembly
Police exercises: for Euro 2012 or for crushing protest?
Ukrainian police are intensively preparing for dealing with mass events, including street riots. Human rights activists and members of the opposition say that in such manner the enforcement agencies are preparing to counter protests against the present regime.
Dnipropetrovsk Court considers protesters’ tents a threat to national security
According to Yulia Tymoshenko’s Batkivshchyna Party, 20 tents erected by Batkivshchyna were dismantled on Friday evening following a ruling from the Dnipropetrovsk District Administrative Court.
Simferopol Police threaten 15 day imprisonment for flash mob
The Internet publication Novy Region reports that the Crimean Central MIA Department warned the organizers and participants in a planned satirical flash mob that they would face administrative proceedings for holding the action
Kharkiv journalists demand an end to police violence
Members of the Board of the Kharkiv Regional Branch of the National Journalists’ Union have issued a statement following the latest assault on a journalist. which is only one of many violations of journalists rights they have expressed concern over since May 2010
Another peaceful demonstration stopped; Kharkiv Police Major assaults journalist
Not only did the police disperse a peaceful protest after yet another disturbing court ban, but the Police Major, identified by witnesses as Vladimir Chuhayevsky inflicted serious blows to a journalist present, Denis Kornyev
Protesters find way around ban on peaceful protest in Kharkiv
Several hundred people defied a court ban on peaceful assembly on Tuesday evening in Kharkiv and took part in a protest prompted by the arrest on Friday and continued detention of former Prime Minister, presidential candidate and leader of the opposition Batkivshchyna Party
Kharkiv court also bans peaceful protest against detention of Yulia Tymoshenko
On 9 August the Kharkiv District Administrative Court issued a ban on protests on Freedom Square in the city by the branches of the Batkivshchyna and People’s Self-Defence Parties and two other organizations
Kyiv: Peaceful Protesters encounter Special Force Berkut Officers
In his blog on Ukrainska Pravda, Arsen Avakov describes the disturbing events on Monday evening in which Berkut officers used dangerous methods to disperse peaceful participants in an authorized protest action
Gorky Park defenders beaten and hospitalized
There was an escalation in violence on 2 August at Kharkiv’s Gorky Park where activists are trying to prevent new tree felling which is being carried out without any permits, public discussion etc. Loggers and the so-called “municipal guards” beat up 5 of the Park’s defenders, two of whom received serious injuries
Volyn Police lawlessness against Hare Krishna devotees
Horokhiv police officers detained five men and held them in a police station for five hours, insulting them, taking their fingerprints. If this were not enough, the head of the police station even tried to hit one of them.
Ongoing destruction in Gorky Park
There were attempts again in the morning of 1 August to carry out illegal tree-felling in Kharkiv’s Gorky Park with one of the loggers turning on activists with his saw turned on. And once again, despite the illegality of the destruction, the police are obstructing only the protesters
Gorky Park – and democratic rights – under siege again
Reports are coming in that after the illegal felling of over two thousand trees in Kharkiv’s Gorky Park and brutal suppression of peaceful protest in May and early June 2010, attempts are again underway to destroy more of the Park. Activists trying to protect the trees – and uphold the law - have been detained by police
Strasbourg to consider case of Lviv human rights activist in priority order
Oleksy Verentsov and Ihor Tanichkevcyh were arrested on 14 October 2010 over their peaceful picket outside the Prosecutor’s Office in Lviv and sentenced to three days administrative arrest
Case over alleged damage by alleged Tax Code protesters returned to court
The Court of Appeal in July returned the criminal case over alleged damage to the granite stone on Maidan Nezalezhnosti [Independence Square] in the centre of Kyiv during the demonstrations against the draft Tax Code late last year to the Shevchenkivsky District Court in Kyiv