posted on Apr, 26 2007 @ 04:22 PM
Ok, appologies for not updating this thread as often as I used to. I can't get a hold of some of my contacts and work leaves me less time now-a-days.
Like befor I still don't have any predictions of possible outcomes. Keep in mind though, I know I said the protests have died down in the center BUT
things are far from over. We still have to see where things go with the court AND even after that we still have to see how the parliament elections
As I've promised I went down to the constitutional court. Several streets are flooded with people. This ofcourse means those streets are
closed down for cars. The result is MASSIVE traffic jams all over Kiev. There are tons of police all over the streets but I really question how much
they would do should there be any problems from the crowd. There are literally that many people.
Here are some facts:
- It is unlikely that the opposition will try to provoke the coalition into violence. The reason I'm saying this is because Yushenko has stated that
he is in control of the military and the military will remaine neutral in politics and that the military will not use force on it's own people.
Somehow I trust him on this. I figured if the army was used on Kiev this would spark outrage in other parts of Ukraine and the country could slip into
chaos. Also like mentioned in my previous post both sides of the gov. are trying to keep Ukraine stable, they realised finally that they were tearing
the country to bits with these power struggles. Now don't get me wrong, the military is still under Kiev and they are ready to act if needed. If any
violence did spark from the crowds I doubt local law enforcement and swat teams would be enough to stop that mass of protesters, and should the
protesters attack the law enforcement's troops the army will be called in. In that scenario I still see bloodshed as a likely outcome; if the
protesters are still showing resistance when the army gets there.
- The mood in the crowd has dramaticaly changed. More and more people were brought in from every corner of Ukraine. Just in case you didn't know
Kiev is the only part of Ukraine that would be considered a modern city with "modern" people living in it. These people don't just look
intimidating, they can also be pretty agressive. This prevented me from getting much of the desired interviews and opinions with people, and at one
point I was even nearly in a fight.
- Most of the flags for the coalition present outside the constitutional court are blue. They are not the mix of blue, red, and pink like there were
in the center. This only shows which party has more money they can spend on flags and paying people to go and protest.
- Tons of law enforcemnt units stationed all over the protesting area. Buses that are used by them (a regular tour bus) are parked close to each
other back to back so they block off certain parts of the streets. They creat channels for movement so to say. You can either walk on the sidewalks,
but if you want to get to a certain part of the road you have to go to the end of the "bus fence". I was thinking this was done so in case violence
broke out - then the protesters wouldn't be able to move so easily. Again I stress that somehow I feel they wouldn't be enough should the crowd
- Alot of trash, the streets occupied by the protesters are a total dump despite the constant efforst to clean it.
- The general mood of the people in the city as far as I've been hearing is - "F*ck it". Like I warned befor, they're loosing faith and hope in
their goverment and you can't blame them. They know well that the 2004 protests have gotten them nowhere, and they don't feel this will get anywhere
either. Even when I somehow manage to find a patriot in the crowd they tell me that if this doesn't work lead the country somewhere they're just
gonna give up on the gov. and stop voting. The majority of the protesters don't care either. There are some, but few, elderly people who actually
want to see Yanukovich in power but most don't care really. The vast majority of them are getting paid, others come just to chill with the crowd,
check out what's going on, or just go for the hell of it.
- It's not just the coalition standing outside the constitutional court, opposition protesters are present too. Quiet often early in the day they
will exchange insults, bang on metal, and play their theme music, so to say. And since the young people in the crowds are rather agressive this
worries me a little now.
I wish I could have gotten more interviews and info guys. The content above is based on what I was told by 2 people that I actually managed to talk
to. It is rather dangerous there now. All the law enforcement tere don't bring much peace to the soul either. As befor, all we can do now is wait and
[edit on 26-4-2007 by maestro46]