Tuesday, November 29, 2011

In Ukraine, The Protests Increase

DONETSK, Ukraine -- On November 28, in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk, near the building of the Pension Fund, Chernobyl veterans started the protest action.

Lonely protest: Liquidators of the Chernobyl nuclear power station 1986's accident stand near a tent during a protest for better social treatment in the eastern industrial city of Donetsk.

It is being attended by approximately 200 people.

At the same time, about 70 swindled investors are scratching the doors of the Donetsk Regional State Administration.

Participants stated that the protest would continue despite yesterday’s demolition of the tent.

They tied black ribbons on their sleeves in memory of 70-year-old Gennady Konoplev, who died yesterday during a demolition of the tent of protesters in the center of Donetsk, and collected money for his funeral asking for "as much as you can."

Next to the tent area, on one of the cars, protesters hung slogans which read “Gennady Konoplyov was killed by a gang of the Yanukovych government” and “Do you want to live? Arm yourselves with shovels. Prime Minister Azarov.”

As a member of the initial group of protesters Vladimir Derkach says, on the place of the demolished Chernobyl tent, participants were waiting for the representatives of authority the whole night, but no one came.

29 Chernobyl veterans continue to strike on the site of the demolished tent.

At the same time, 70 defrauded investors are trying to break into the building of Donetsk regional state administration.

Angry people are swinging doors at the Donetsk regional state administration building.

Police are trying to curb the onslaught of protesters from inside. Protesters chant “Gang Go!”

On Sunday, in Donetsk, during the deconstruction of the tent city of Chernobyl veterans, Gennady Konoplev, a miner from the Donetsk region, died.

The protest, a hunger strike by the liquidators of the Chernobyl disaster against the abolition of benefits for this category of citizens, at the building of the Pension Fund of Ukraine in the Donetsk region began on November 15, 2011.

On November 23, the Donetsk Regional Court prohibited the protest.

Participants of the rally refused to stop the hunger strike, vowing to defend their tents by all means, including acts of self-immolation.

Source: Turkish Weekly

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