Over 10 000 Pro-EU Protesters Gather in Kiev's Independent Square

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Over 10 000 pro-EU protesters gathered Sunday in Independence Square in the heart of Kiev.

For a seventh week in a row, demonstrators vented their anger at President Viktor Yanukovych's refusal to sign a strategic agreement with the EU and seek closer ties with Russia instead.

During the rally, the first one in 2014, opposition leader Vitali Klitschko assured protesters that the people would manage to force the authorities to stop disregarding them.

Klitschko, former boxing champion and leader of the UDAR opposition party, suggested that a new wave of protests would start after the forthcoming Orthodox Christmas and expressed hopes that it would lead to a general strike against the government of President Viktor Yanukovych, according to reports of DPA.

The wave of demonstrations in support of EU integration in Ukraine started on November 21 after the decision of Yanukovych to back out of an Association Agreement with the European Union amid pressure from the Kremlin.

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#7
sa-sha - 7 Jan 2014 // 12:53:37

;-).....OK, OK, Peter, we agree that Referendum would be the better option. But "why on earth does the government not hold one?", this is the question ;-)........Some observations: (a) Yanukovich says that he's "for"[Referendum], but only "after signing AA", isn't that nice?, taking into account that just that very AA is to be the subject of Referendum? (b) pro-EU politicians (from the oppositionist parties "Udar", "Batkivshina", "Svoboda") are "against", (c) EU "refrains"(but strongly in favor of "against" ;-)......... That's why I'm very sceptical, Peter, about the possibility of Referendum. Stakes are too high and 50/50 experts' prognosis (about the Referendum' results) are absolutely inadmissible for the West and for the pro-Western forces in Ukraine.
The full triumph of the "Correct Democracy", in brief, Peter.

#6
peterperfect - 7 Jan 2014 // 10:35:07

Sa- Sha, you miss my point. What I was saying is that a general strike would show just how much support there was for the EU (or Russia) if it were successful those in power would know the people have spoken and to continue to hold out would damage the country financially, important to them as it was they who ran to Russia for the 15B. If the strike didn't take off then the world would see the Ukrainian people had rejected the EU.

Your mention of a referendum is a softer option and I would totally agree with that, so why on earth does the government not hold one?

#5
sa-sha - 6 Jan 2014 // 14:56:59

......;-)....and also, dear Novinite, what if to translate into English and to publish the following article:

http://delo.ua/ukraine/v-kgga-govorjat-chto-kievljane-vse-bolshe-zhalujutsja-na-situaci-223716/

Short content: "заебали уже эти козлы на Майдане!" (~"when those Maidan'goats will be thrown out of Kiev!?)

#4
Yane - 6 Jan 2014 // 13:21:56

The protests have become rather small, in a few weeks it will be a few hundred at the most.

#3
sa-sha - 6 Jan 2014 // 11:02:11

;-).....and about "general strike": Dear Peter, the South-Eastern regions of Ukraine, i.e. those ones which produce
almost 90% of the total Ukrainian GDP, they have no time on strikes and-also-they have the UTMOST negative
stance "к этим западенцам-бездельникам" ( to those west Ukrainian "Couch potato"[on Maidan]).....So, if strike,
it will be the "strike" of the South-Eastern regions against the Western ones.

#2
sa-sha - 6 Jan 2014 // 10:43:56

"a strategic agreement with the EU"---- again and again You repeat this tremendous stupidity, dear Novinite.
Obviously Your authors haven't read the articles of the above document , which is de facto NOTHING ELSE but the Enslavement Agreement. The same, btw, with Ukrainian people: 99% of them are absolutely out of the idea about Association Agreement (AA). More than that: they consider AA as "a pass" to EU! The total silence in Ukrainian media about the content of AA, no smallest hint on the relevant discussion in Ukrainian society.....
And about money which "talks louder than the wishes of the people": to find those very "wishes", Peter, there is the only one sure and Really Democratic way: Referendum. But just the democratic West is afraid of it as the devil fears incense, West prefers to finance the leaders of Maidan and this shameful and illegal, btw, financing "talks louder" today...To drag, to drag by all means into a "better future". So noble, so altruistic West.....

#1
peterperfect - 6 Jan 2014 // 08:43:21

A general strike would fare better than the current demo's. If the support for the EU is nationwide then a general strike would prove this, coupled with the potential to cripple the country financially would speak volumes more to the Ukraine's leaders who, by their actions, have proved that money talks louder than the wishes of the people.