Maybe with the Lenin statue in pieces—after it was pulled down, people smashed it with sledgehammers, kind of like the Berlin Wall—and an undeniable mass of people, they’ll figure out that Ukraine wants to take a different road.
Breaking news: the Lenin statue in Kyiv was pulled down a few minutes ago. He was pulled down with ropes and smashed into the pavement.
Last week’s attacks by special police forces on protesters in Kyiv were a way to test the public’s reaction to violence. Tomorrow’s protests will show the results.
There are protests all over the world, but none are quite like this. The Maidan is a magical place tonight.
My favorite Euromaidan protest slogan is “zeka het,” which literally means “prisoner, out!” It references Yanukoch’s two stints in jail in his youth.
He wasn’t in prison for anti-communist agitation. This was no Ukrainian Nelson Mandela.
On Sunday, protesters liberated the tree, defying an order to stay away from the square. At first they planted flags on it. Later, they added posters. It is the most beautiful and original Christmas tree I have ever seen.
Instead of taking its rightful place at the European table, Ukraine has been reduced to begging for cash from China’s repressive, dictatorial regime.
Images of burly riot police beating young protesters in Kyiv have circulated around the world, dragging the reputation of Ukraine’s government into the dirt. News reports said 35 protesters were … Continue reading
There’s definitely a stench in the air and it’s not coming from unwashed protesters. It’s coming from the Russian media. They make Fox News look like a bastion of impartiality.
A boy climbed up a crane on the main square to place a Ukrainian flag there. Everyone cheered him as he ascended. He wasn’t aware that his flag was upside down, but even so, when he waved it, the crowd roared its approval.
Nearly one million showed up to protest against the government’s decision to reject association with Europe. I knew, in the Metro, that it would be a big event. People could not wait to get above ground, and began their protests in the Metro itself.