Monday, December 2, 2013

Ukrainians still on the street after twelve days

Twelve days after the Yanukovich government deciced not to sign the Association Agreement with the European Union the protests of Ukrainian citizens continue. But after the beating up of protestors last Friday night the mood definitly changed. Protestors not only demand the Association Agreement to be sign. They also want the impeachment of their president. After huge protests yesterday in Kyiv, Lviv and other cities, today is declared a day of national strike and blocking government buildings.

Three regions in Western Ukraine - Lviv, Ternopil and Ivano-Frankivsk are on strike. Strikes are also reported in other regions, in the south and east, but not massive. Strikes are clearly not yet national. Especially students are on strike. In Lviv all universities are closed today. It is said that a minors trade union is prepared to strike and want the resignation of the president. Minors are the traditional power base of Yanukovich. 

In Kyiv the City Hall is occupied bij 'the opposition' and protestors. Other government buildings are blocked. In Zaporizhia (south Ukraine) people are blocking their city hall. They want their corrupt mayor to resign. Protestors on the street in Kyiv report that atmosphere is peaceful but still tense. Protestors form all regions of Ukraine are on their way to Kyiv. It is said that 600 are on their way from Odessa.

Protestors say that today videos and pictures have turned up that prove that yesterday's violence at the presendential administration was clearly orchestrated by police forces.

In the meantime 'the opposition' seems confused. Protestors are angry and frustrated about not or inconsistent acting of 'the opposition'. This morning 'the opposition' came up with two demands: 'Azarov - the prime minister - has to leave, and free Tymochencko.' Protestors at Euromaidan claim that these are clearly not their demands. The want Yanukovich out of office and the Association Agreement with the European Union should be signed.

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