- Posted August 13, 2014 by
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Automaidan continues protests
Now Maidan has been cleared by the city of Kiev, it doesn’t mean that protests are over. The Automaidan movement gathered in front of the Ukrainian parliament. The police and the berkut (special forces unit of the police) were also present, and ready to clash. However, they surprisingly did not.
It was a day full of anger and disbelief. The Automaidan protesters were all present in front of the parliament, ready to confront the politicians leaving the building. The parliament had just voted to impose new sanctions on Russia. However, the Automaidan movement were confronting the politicians for not voting for the ‘clear the government’ bill. A proposed bill that should secure more social and civil security. The protesters were full anger as their ‘fellow revolutionaries’ of the army in east Ukraine were not getting paid, or at the most just getting underpaid, while still putting their lives at risk. That was the mind-set of the protest in front of the parliament building.
While Maidan has been cleared from the camps and barricades, Kiev is not released from the protests of the Euromaidan movement. Just as the large protests in front of the parliament were about to stop, suddenly a young man throws a stun grenade into the crowd. The man runs on the street as the berkut tries to catch him. Once he’s getting caught, the men in uniform throw him on the ground and pull on his shirt. A British photographer tries to make a picture of the arrest itself, but he, too, gets arrested. After showing he’s a member of the press, the men let him go. This was the only incident at the protest, but the questions remains if clashes will continue further on these days.