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    Euromaidan Delegates from More than 40 Ukrainian Cities Meet at an Undisclosed Location

     

    Maidan Monitoring Information Center
    Web: world.maidanua.org
    Twitter: @sitemaidan_eng
    Email: panimaidan@gmail.com
    Kiev Phone Number: +38 (044) 281-24-71
    USA Phone Number: +1 (202) 421-6172

     

    Euromaidan Delegates from More than 40 Ukrainian Cities Meet at an Undisclosed Location

     

    Despite Arson, Vandalism, Brutal Attacks on Volunteers and Online Sabotage, Nearly Two Hundred Civic Activists Convene in Kharkiv to Plan a More Structured, Sustained Pro-Democracy Movement beyond Public Squares

     

    Kharkiv, Ukraine: Two weeks ago, a group of Ukrainian pro-democracy activists who participated in public rallies called Euromaidans, meeting in the capital city of Kyiv, called for a national conference of representatives from across the country, to be held in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. In response to that call, public assemblies were held in as many as 43 cities or towns. Together they approved about 118 delegates. Meanwhile, Euromaidan activists in Kharkiv worked feverishly to prepare the logistics, despite repeated acts of arson and vandalism against their offices, police persecution of at least one volunteer, brutal aggression by unknown thugs against an Euromaidan leader in Kharkiv and a DDoS online attack which suppressed the organizers’ website for several hours. (This in the context of more than 150 documented cases of violence against activists nationwide.) In a show of determination and improvisation, the first All-Ukraine Euromaidan Forum is set to start today, but the venue of its plenary session has not been publicly announced in advance — in order to stave off would-be provocateurs or saboteurs.

     

    In addition to delegates, who will have voting rights at the Forum, as many as 85 observers, including high profile international guests, are about to witness the Euromaidan discussions in Kharkiv. Two observers from the American Embassy have registered. Observers from Poland include two well-known former Solidarity leaders — Zbigniew Bujak and Zbigniew Romaszewski — who became elected legislators after Solidarność defeated communism in Poland. Former senator Zbigniew Romaszewski, who was one of the longest-serving senators in Poland, will deliver a short keynote speech about lessons from the Polish experience in democracy building. The conference will also be watched by an observer representing a German foundation and members of Ukrainian diaspora. People around the world are invited to watch the opening session live on YouTube, starting at 12:30 PM East European Time (UTC+2:00), on the channel at the following address:

     

    http://www.youtube.com/user/ukrainianreport

     

    After the opening session, delegates and observers will form seven working groups to deliberate and develop resolutions on topics ranging from an “Action plan for establishing a responsible democracy in Ukraine” through communications, organizing, security and fundraising to joint educational and artistic collaboration activities. On Sunday, everyone will reconvene at a plenary session, again at a yet-to-be-disclosed venue. The closing plenary session will also be streamed on YouTube.

     

    The delegates represent participants of grass-roots public gatherings which sprang up all over Ukraine, with the largest and most visible of them in the capital, gaining worldwide attention, after the president of Ukraine unexpectedly cancelled his efforts to bring his country into the European Union. However, protesters at public rallies have also voiced demands for improving democratic processes and government transparency and curtailing rampant corruption and police violence. The All-Ukraine Euromaidan Forum is aimed to bring about greater cohesion among pro-democracy and pro-EU activists from various Ukrainian cities. Even before it started, this trail-blazing event has generated a wave of rumors and some apprehension among local government officials. Keeping with Euromaidan tradition, the delegates and observers will join a public rally at the public square in front of the Taras Shevchenko monument at some point.

     

    Maidan Monitoring Information Center is a non-governmental not-for-profit organization founded in Kharkiv, Ukraine, in 2012. The Center’s mission is to defend civil rights; promote civic activism, democracy and the rule of law; support the development of civil society; facilitate dialog between government, NGO and business representatives; enable greater public access to information on constitutional rights and freedoms; and improve citizens’ participation in the governance of their country. More information about the All-Ukraine Euromaidan Forum in English is at http://world.maidanua.org/all-ukraine-euromaidan-forum and the Ukrainian language version of the page is at http://maidanua.org/pershyj-vseukrajinskyj-forum-evromajdaniv/

     

    Maidan Monitoring Information Center
    Web: world.maidanua.org
    Twitter: @sitemaidan_eng
    Email: panimaidan@gmail.com
    Kiev Phone Number: +38 (044) 281-24-71
    USA Phone Number: +1 (202) 421-6172

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