Authorities and citizens – summer of love’s end?
I am here at the Supreme Council buildings. It is hard to say which protest is taking place – there is at least one held every day, sometimes more.
I am here, because as an organisation, we support reforms in Ukraine and back the notion by Yehor Sobolev, who demands a vetting process – among others by submitting the proposed legislative changes for wide approval.
This time something has changed. Ever since Yanukovych fled, the park at the Supreme Council and its grounds had been open to the public. The leaders of protests would stand on the stairs, right next to the building’s doors. Now, the Council is once more encircled by a black iron fence and the building is guarded by a police perimeter – clearly dividing the society and the authorities.
There is no such thing as “real democracy” anywhere in the world; it is quite understandable that a state is, by virtue of its nature, and organisation, of coercive character. But it is a bad omen indeed in Ukraine.
The majority of protests – with certain exceptions – were peaceful; therefore, the desire to fence the citizens off seems even more curious.