- Posted February 21, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
On the other side of barricades
When I came to Maidan this morning the first thing I saw was a large group of police from Lviv on the stage and they were telling people that they had decided to join and defend Maidan. Then I passed barricades on Grushevskogo and entered government quarters that riot police (Berkut) so fiercely had protected for almost a month. Grushevskogo street that had been swarming with Berkut just a few days ago was ghostly empty. Before I left our barricades the men insisted I put on a helmet. They reminded me that just yesterday there were snipers here. I walked this quiet deserted street all the way to the Parliament. The building was protected by a line of buses and a row of riot police. Two water cannons were parked here too. I was a bit shocked that riot police were smiling into the camera, showing victory signs and happily posing. These people were shooting and killing protesters yesterday! Apparently they don't have any guilt feelings or remorse and they also don't seem to have any concern that they will be held responsible for yesterday's shooting. Meanwhile behind the walls they were protecting decisions were made that cancelled immunity for their crimes.