Rise up, Ukraine!

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Rise up, Ukraine!
Вставай, Україно Хмельницький 03.jpg
Protesters in Kiev
Date 14 March – 24 August 2013
Location Kiev, Ukraine
Goals to depose current government
Methods Peaceful demonstrations (marches, rallies, picketing, etc)
Status ongoing
Parties to the civil conflict
"Rise up, Ukraine!" supporters
Kiev city militsiya
"In Europe without fascism" supporters
Lead figures
Units involved
civil population
BRDM-2
Berkut units
sports athletes
civil population
Number
6,500+
4,000 (militsiya)
70–80 (athletes)[citation needed]
45,000+
Injured
5+
"Rise up, Ukraine!" demonstrations in Vinnytsia

"Rise up, Ukraine!" (Ukrainian: "Вставай, Україно!") was a nationwide series of political protests by opposition parties All-Ukrainian Union "Fatherland", UDAR and All-Ukrainian Union "Svoboda" against the government of the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych that have taken place in Ukraine since 14 March 2013.[1][2] It was intended as a two-month campaign to end on 18 May 2013 in Kiev.[1] But since the start the provisional final date was initially in May 2013 postponed to 24 August 2013, Independence Day of Ukraine.[3][4] But since then no final end of the protest is been set.[4][5]

Kiev protest[edit]

A campaign against the government of President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych took place on May 18, 2013. The event was initially prepared by the country's political opposition parties and number of civil movements as a culmination point to depose the President of Ukraine. Since then the protest in Kiev however transformed into a preliminary final, while the new provisional final date was postponed to August 24, 2013, the Independence Day.

The Kiev protest grew into a mass national scandal between number of journalists and the parliamentary opposition deputies who tried to prove that authorities provoked disorder in the capital using armored military vehicle and sports athletes and the country's ruling party that denied any allegations and blaming in everything on the opposition.

The members of the both march were both estimated 20,000 to 30,000 participants.[6]

Preparations[edit]

The Kiev events of May 18, the Europe Day in Ukraine, should have been a conclusion of the ongoing national campaign "Rise up, Ukraine!" that started on March 14, 2013. During the demonstrations the parliamentary opposition was supposed to announce the joint candidate to the 2015 presidential elections.[7]

On May 16, 2013 the Kiev City State Administration approved to hold both rallies,[8] one led by the Party of Regions as "Into Europe without fascism" and another led by a coalition of opposition parliamentary parties as part of "Rise up, Ukraine!" campaign. As the start of the event drew close the members of parliamentary opposition were complaining that the authorities were impeding arrival of the event willing participants that were coming to Kiev.[9]

Along with the main political demonstrations that day in Kiev were scheduled a lot of other public events. For example, the Social-Patriotic Assembly of Slavs planned to conduct a march "Ukraine - above all else" before noon, the Kiev City State Administration authorities planned the opening of the European Village with participation of the Ambassador of the European Union Jan Tombinski and Minister of Foreign Affairs Leonid Kozhara. Also that day were supposed to take place Ice Cream Festival, cycling and motor trials with participation of sports vehicles, the International football festival "Great Ball" and many more.

"Rise up, Ukraine!" route[edit]

The demonstration "Rise up, Ukraine!" was scheduled to take place from 10:00 in the morning to 19:00 in the evening starting at the European Square. The Kiev City Administration managed to find agreement with the All-Ukrainian Union Fatherland to leave the European Square by 12:15 in the afternoon and asked the Party of Regions not to start any events at the same square before 13:00

"A group of athletic men in tracksuits" assaulted attendees of the "Rise up, Ukraine!" march and journalists.[10][6]

"In Europe without fascism" route[edit]

The demonstration of Party of Regions which the party had called "anti-fascist demonstration" was planned to take place from 9:00 to 15:00 o'clock starting at the Memorial Complex "Museum of the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945" and finishing at the European Square. Participants of the rally ‘To Europe Without Fascists’ received compensation from Party of Regions "for the bus and daily expenses".[11]

Earlier that spring more "Joining Europe without Fascists!" marches and "gathering" under the auspices of the Party of Regions were held.[12][13] The 18 May 2013 march was meant as "final anti-fascist rally" of a "nationwide four-day meeting".[12][13] According to press reports public employees had been ordered to attend the marches and gatherings.[6][13]

The Jewish organisations Congress of the National Communities of Ukraine and the Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities have spoken out against the "Joining Europe without Fascists!" marches; calling them "aimed primarily to discredit the political opposition".[14]

Demonstrations and rallies[edit]

Both rallies started to gather at the European Square on 18 May 2013 at 11:30. The rally of opposition eventually was supposed to march onto the Sofia Square (Sofiyivska Ploshcha).[15]

Highlights
  • Military vehicle in a blocked city
  • Participation of hostile civilians (athletes) in cooperation with militsiya
  • Passive actions from militsiya on demands of demonstrators to stop violence, allowing a civil disorder

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Opposition to start two-month campaign 'Rise, Ukraine!' on March 14, Kyiv Post (12 March 2013)
  2. ^ Klitschko, Tiahnybok, Yatseniuk hold Rise, Ukraine! rally in Lutsk, Interfax-Ukraine (9 April 2013)
    Ukrainian Opposition Says Rally in Kiev Draws 20,000, RIA Novosti (7 April 2013)
  3. ^ (Ukrainian) Фінальні підсумки проміжного "повстання" Final results of the interim "rebellion", Ukrayinska Pravda (21 May 2013)
  4. ^ a b Rise Up, Ukraine! rally to be held on Independence Day, says Yatseniuk, Interfax-Ukraine (14 June 2013)
  5. ^ Rise Up, Ukraine! Rally in Mykolaiv passes without incidents, say police, Interfax-Ukraine (14 June 2013)
  6. ^ a b c Anti-Fascism & the Yanukovych Regime, The Ukrainian Week (31 May 2013)
  7. ^ Opposition to name single candidate may 18 at the action «Rise up, Ukraine!». News of economy and policy. News Of Ukraine. April 21, 2013. all-rss.com.
  8. ^ Opposition, Regions Party agree to hold their Saturday rallies in Kyiv at different time. Kyiv Post. May 16, 2013.
  9. ^ Opposition deputies accuse authorities of preventing Rise Up, Ukraine! participants from traveling to Kyiv. Kyiv Post. May 18, 2013.
  10. ^ Suspect In Attack On Ukrainian Journalists Released On Bail , Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (22 May 2013)
    Suspect In Attack On Ukrainian Journalists Arrested , Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (21 May 2013)
    Hearings on incident in Kyiv on May 18 postponed for two weeks as lawyer of defendants fails to attend, Interfax-Ukraine (16 August 2013)
  11. ^ Participants in Party of Regions-sponsored rally in Kyiv to receive compensation from party coffers, Interfax-Ukraine (18 May 2013)
  12. ^ a b Party of Regions to hold anti-fascist march in southern Ukraine on Thursday, Ukrinform (16 May 2013)
  13. ^ a b c "gathering" in Uzhgorod (PHOTOS), uzhgorod.in (14 May 2013)
  14. ^ ews of Ukraine Are Against Artificial 'Antifascist' Campaign, Religious Information Service of Ukraine (17 May 2013)
  15. ^ Some 4,000 supporters of opposition gather on European Square, 45,000 people participating in anti-fascist march, say police. Kyiv Post. May 18, 2013.

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