Ukraine protesters, fed up with their government leadership took to the streets, where clashes created a standoff with police in Kiev, RT reported.
Protests Turn Ugly
According to reports from various media, clashes continue with police in this eastern European country, whose leadership opposes union with the European Union (EU). This is the major factor in the protests, which started peaceful in the country’s central city of Kiev. Protesters and thousands of other concerned citizens in the struggling country are passionate and determined to be included in the EU. Economic times are in decline for many countries around the world following several market bubbles, near-collapses and major bungles in the financial and central banking circles of the world, whose elite members have been harshly criticized from all sides of the public spectrum.
Demonstrators or Mob?
The Daily Beast referred to the angry protesters in Ukraine as a mob that set police officers on fire. The violence broke out Sunday, according to the Daily Beast.
The pro-EU protesters 100,000 strong began at Maidan Nezalezhnosti, otherwise known as Independence Square, a symbol of Ukraine freedom. Reports indicate that about 100 police officers were injured. Many of the officers’ shields were set ablaze by Molotov cocktails that people in the streets hurled at them during the heated exchanges. Around 40 protesters and at least four reporters were injured at the scene in Kiev.
Ukraine protesters and activists involved in the standoff with police in Kiev held strong, but needed regrouping. Most of the group had dispersed by night’s end, but many in Ukraine fear that the country is headed for an authoritarian regime resembling those of post-Soviet era nations within their vicinity.
Ukraine Political Turmoil
The opposition leader, Vitaly Klitschko, is calling for snap elections, sources in the region indicate. Events in this part of the world have caused major tensions within the country’s progressive and liberal population who are eager to join with the EU in hopes of benefiting from economic utility that they perceive as the most beneficial offer on the table right now.
The clashes with police at the Maidan Nezalezhnosti is not the first. In fact, this recent outburst is extended from an event back in the beginning of December, when several young activists were beaten by police in the streets. Many of these young people became the centerpiece example for support among the many thousands more that would end up joining their cause.
Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty has reported that another opposition leader, Yuriy Lutsenko is placing blame on the current president, Viktor Yanukovych, who he said has not met demands of the people. The protests were the result of the president’s decision in November to decline a European Union free trade deal. Instead, the policy yields economic ties with Russia. The deal, which Yanukovych netted a $15 billion aid package from Moscow for supporting, gave way to mass unrest in Kiev.
Ukraine protesters that have been in the standoff with police in Kiev are angry with their countries leadership, but most of all they do not trust what they see as Soviet-era style cronyism with the elite oligarchs all over again.
By Rob Lawson