Translated by Ollie Richardson
In the center of Kiev, the protesters brought near the Verkhovna Rada an effigy of the President, and put him on a makeshift toilet that depicts the Constitution.
Thus, the participants of the protest movements wanted to show that the power in the country does not respect neither the law nor the Constitution.
“By their actions, the government forces us to go outside, and go to extreme measures in order to defend our rights. With this action we want to show that the government does not respect not only us: it does not respect any laws in this country,” said one of the protesters.
In Kiev the first group of “Maidan” people have gathered in Kiev: about 500 people “flocked” to the European Square before the scheduled time of the beginning of the first rallies – defrauded investors. Some of them have already moved up to Grushevsky Street, in the direction of the government quarter: to the building of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Verkhovna Rada.
If the “bank protest” lasts for several days, it can merge with the protest of independent trade unions and demonstrations against the increase in utility tariffs. On 17th November, the trade unions intend to gather near the Parliament some 50,000 people.
The actions of law enforcement bodies, according to observers, is “not professional” and “chaotic”. As a result, the centre of the capital of Ukraine is stuck in a 7-point traffic jams.
In the city up to 5,000 police officers and National Guardsmen were pulled together, with law enforcement authorities paying special attention to approaches to the Verkhovna Rada and other government buildings. Thus, near the building of Verkhovna Rada a sign warning of traffic restrictions due to security measures was installed.
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