Three Ukrainian conflicting “d”: dictatorship, democracy, demonstration
The bowl of patience of the protesters in the capital of Ukraine, Kiev, was exhausted after last Friday several laws were passed. They greatly limit (furthermore pursue up to imprisonment) protest actions of citizens. In the last two days the country’s main square looks like battle scene, the conflict threatens to escalate into civil war.
The last straw for the protesters became the laws adopted by unclear and rapid voting.
Mass media reports that the following was prohibited:
- To wear helmets, masks participating in demonstration (fine or arrest up to 15 days)
- To move in the columns with more than five cars without police permission (fine or suspension of driving license for 1-2 years with the removal of the car)
- To block public authorities (imprisonment for up to 5 years)
- Slander in the media (fine or executive work fine up to 1 year)
- News agency activities without state registration (fee)
- Local organizations financed from abroad to carry out political activities, receive the status of foreign agents.
The ruling party says that the laws are European and democratic, and the opposition complains that it is far from Europe, and even from Russia and Belarus, but closer to North Korea.
In its turn, the opposition doesn’t offer any clear solutions, a plan or a single leader (today there are three leaders of three parties). People gathered on Sunday for the meeting appealed to choose finally a single leader. However, they didn’t hear nothing more clear than "we have one leader ... the Ukrainian people". Radical groups turned to aggressive actions: stones and Molotov cocktails flew into the ranks of police. The police, after the previous experience, clearly followed the orders not to use force. Finally if the last battle provoked sympathy to beaten demonstrators, now people felt pity to police: their bus was burnt, torn out of the dense rows policemen were beaten in full. But in any case, there were too much of victims from both sides.
To date, a violent confrontation in Kiev continues. What will be its outcome? We can assume three scenarios: truce (the compromise between government and opposition will be found); split in government; force defeat of Maidan. By now none of them is clearly emerged. The only thing left is is to wait and hope for a peaceful outcome.