January 20, 2014
A legislative package adopted recently by the Verkhovna Rada furnishes Ukrainian authorities with the right to harass the opposition not “under the pretext” but “due to” their failure to obey the law. This is a more dangerous weapon when hidden in holsters than in direct use.
Everyone knows that Maidan protesters breach the law. The blockade and occupation of public buildings throughout these long weeks could not take place in any other countries I know. Apart from the blockades of Champs-Élysées, Times Square or the crossroad of Aleje Jerozolimskie and Marszałkowska street in Warsaw.
The authorities feel that they have got permission from the rest of the country to take a harder line. As much as I sympathise with the demonstrators, it is a well-known fact that it is very easy to find a paragraph the opposition breaches.
And therefore, every institution in Ukraine – the police, courts, prosecutors’ […]