In Digest, Ukraine

By New Cold, June 7, 2015

As many as 3,000 protesters marched through the streets of Kyiv on June 6, condemning the economic policies of the government of President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. They called for the resignation of the government.

Anti-government march in Kyiv June 6, 2015 (RT)

Anti-government march in Kyiv June 6, 2015 (RT)

As reported by, key slogans of the march were to increase the level of retirement pensions and undo the sharp increases to utility rates which the Euromaidan government has introduced as part of its “economic association” agreement with the European Union. Other demands were, “Down with the government of foreigners”, “We are dying of hunger”, “Down with the power of mediocrity”, “Impeach Poroshenko” and “Stop Famine-2015”.

The social conservatism of those organizing such protests against the Euromaidan government in Kyiv was reflected in other banners and chants carried on the march. These included, “No LGBT in power” (referring to recent protests in favour of gay and lesbian rights, including a march on June 6 which was violently assaulted by right-wing thugs), “Faggots – get out of power”, “God save us from this power” and “Ukrainians for the Orthodox church”. The chant “Down with Jews” was heard on the march, referring to members of the Poroshenko government.

The red and black flags of Ukraine’s extreme-right were visible on the march. One protester told, ““We are against disorder in the country and the demand for [constitutional] reform.”

Here is a short video of the march.


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