- Posted January 17, 2014 by
Big Brother is watching Ukraine
Here are some of the laws that were adopted by a raise of hands from the ruling “Region” party in parliament:
1. For moving in a group of 5 or more cars-confiscation of license and car up to 2 years
2. Operating information technology services without government papers-confiscation of technology and fine
3. Participating in peaceful protests with helmets, uniforms, or fire -10 days incarceration
4. Constructing tents, stages, or sound systems without police permits- 15 days incarceration
5. Disrespect for the court- 15 days incarceration
6. Failure to follow internet restrictions- fine of 6800 UAH
7. Blocking access to a place of residence- 6 years incarceration
8.. Distribution of “radical” materials – 3 years incarceration
9. “Group public disturbance” - 2 years incarceration
10. Group gatherings resembling riots- 15 years incarceration
11. Gathering of information about police, judges, or other such persons- 3 years incarceration
12. Riot police who use force to “restore order” do not face charges in criminal court.
Further laws and regulations would prohibit massive group caroling (calling it religious extremism) Caroling is not only a Ukrainian tradition but was a popular way protesters lifted each others moral and spirits during the holiday season at the maidan.
Among the ones listed, there are various other rules that have been passed as a result of the protests. The scariest part about these regulation is that they provide the government “legal” rights to prevent people from exercising their constitutional rights. Many in Ukraine are frustrated, afraid and scared that their country is turning more and more into its all too familiar past of a totalitarian dictatorship.