Lenin between Berkut and Provocateurs
The two worst confrontations on Sunday involved young men wearing masks. It is not clear who was behind the attempts to destroy the statue to Lenin on Taras Shevchenko Boulevard, but it seems likely that the purpose was to cause trouble
Deliberate attempt to provoke disturbances?
Extremely worrying reports are coming through suggesting attempts to provoke disturbances during the huge and peaceful EuroMaidan demonstration now underway in Kyiv. The civic initiative OZON warns of a suspicious lack of police officers where they are needed, leaving provocateurs a free hand.
Around 200 thousand arrive on Khreshchatyk
A huge number of Ukrainians have arrived on Khreshchatyk, bearing the Ukrainian flag. They are hearing towards Maidan Nezalezhnosti in defiance of the court ban issued during the early hours of Sunday morning
Court Ban vs President’s Words
Ukraine’s leaders and public officials continue to demonstrate blithe disregard for glaring discrepancies between words and actions. The Kyiv City Administration has just applied for and received a court ban on demonstrations in the centre of Kyiv from Sunday, Dec 1 to Dec. 7
Ivano-Frankivsk EuroMaidan organizer brutally assaulted
In Ivano-Frankivsk EuroMaidan organizer, Maxim Kytsyuk was brutally attacked. He was set upon by three men at around three a.m on Nov 30 and received head and leg injuries.
Growing anger and pitiful attempts by Ukraine’s leaders to shift the blame
Both Yanukovych and prime minister Azarov have tried to absolve themselves of any responsibility. There are, however, signs of schism within the Party of the Regions with three MPs – Bohoslovska, Zhvania and Tihipko – having left the party faction in protest.
Not Cowered: Lviv EuroMaidan
Up to 10 thousand people came out onto Lviv EuroMaidan on Saturday however nobody can believe the authorities’ assurances anymore that no new violent offensive is planned, and there have been calls for women and children to not stay overnight
International Renaissance Foundation breaks off collaboration with Ukrainian authorities
“After the brutal dispersing of EuroMaidan, we consider collaboration with the Cabinet of Ministers, the President and his Administration profoundly immoral and therefore unacceptable”.
"Real Prospect of a return to totalitarian days"
The Congress of National Communities of Ukraine and the Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities [VAAD] have issued a joint statement in response to the dispersing of a peaceful demonstration on Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv on Nov 30
UHHRU calls for President’s Impeachment and Dismissal of Government
The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union is appalled by the cynical and senseless violence demonstrated during the unlawful dispersing of the peaceful protest on Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv and other acts of violence throughout the country
Police action incompatible with democracy
The violent dispersal of EuroMaidan came almost 3 years to the day that similar action was taken against the Tax Code Maidan. There are other sinister parallels, including people remanded in custody on dubious grounds in a clear attempt to warn others of likely consequences of peaceful protest..
Berkut violently breaks up EuroMaidan
Over the last week those in power have proved willing to use hired thugs to provoke trouble in a crowded peaceful rally attended by children. They have now violently dispersed a peaceful protest, indicating that they are incapable of understanding any other language but that of sanctions
Applauded and Banned
President Yanukovych’s stated “applause” for those who have come out in support of European integration could profitably be translated into action to prevent the ever-increasing number of court bans on such protest
Cherkasy authorities ban EuroMaidan "to safeguard the will of the people"
Cherkasy’s Acting Mayor claims that protests in support of European integration and supposed “serious provocation” could obstruct the course of the election re-run on 15 December. The ban obtained runs to 25 January next year
Luhansk: Worryingly inadequate excuses for banning peaceful assembly
A Luhansk court has effectively banned all peaceful protest in the centre until 14 January 2014. The court in this way allowed an application from the Luhansk Regional Police and City Council which claimed that a ban was needed due to possible clashes between supporters and opponents of European integration
Thugs beat Dnipropetrovsk EuroMaidan protesters unconscious
Clear signs of close coordination between the police, the city authorities and a gang of thugs probably paid to beat up peaceful demonstrators protesting against the governments about-face on European integration
Mykolaiv bans peaceful assembly altogether
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
Prosecutor initates criminal proceedings over EuroMaidan
Some of the confrontation which is now being investigated occurred around the same time that unidentified individuals, some of fairly specific appearance, were being sent off in procession from outside the President’s Administration
Berkut riot police beat up Lviv EuroMaidan supporters
Seven students from Lviv who were returning from the Kyiv EuroMaidan rally in support of European integration allege that they were assaulted by Berkut riot police officers