Peaceful Protesters Beaten by ‘Cops for Construction’
Construction of the “anthrax house” has become a showcase for how virulent the profit motive can be in the weak immune system of Ukraine’s public interest.
Even if the prospect of digging up anthrax spores does not violate the construction company’s conscience, building a high-rise on a tiny, hilly and erosion-prone piece of land — right outside the hospital’s windows — certainly violates basic construction regulations. The pictures speak for themselves.
In Kyiv, if you protest against such violations peacefully, the violators will use violence against you. In episode after episode, police have acted as a proxy for the “powers that be,” something they obviously did at this March 16 anti-construction rally.
Narrator: Several people blocked traffic at Shovkovychna Street. Law enforcement construed it as a violation of civil rights.
Police: Your conduct is now in violation of the law. Please vacate the lane!
Narrator: To hold today’s rally, residents and employees of the Oleksandrivska Hospital have received a permit from the City Hall. But this document is being ignored by the police.
Police commanding officer: Have two officers grab everyone of them by the arm and pull them away!
Police: Get in!
Protesters: Look what the police are doing! Look how the police are behaving!
Narrator: But all of a sudden, Police General Hennadiy Moskal appears at the scene. He is reserved in his comments.
General Moskal: I have no idea what happened here. I was just passing by. They’re doing silly things on Sunday instead of work. I’ll find out right away. I told them to go back to the precinct. Let them file reports to Lutsenko tomorrow, detailing what they did here.
Police watcher Tetyana Montyan, speaking ironically: We here cracked down on a peaceful rally, and then we realized what we had done. Moskal arrived to turn the situation around, but it was too late because everyone had already participated in the clashes.
Paramedic: Can you rise or should we get a stretcher?
Brutalized protester: Let me try.
Paramedic: Just try moving your body a little bit first, OK? Then I’ll get you to the ambulance and we’ll see.
Brutalized protester: Everything works.
Paramedic: It does?
Protester: Everything works, but it hurts.
That’s the way Chernoco works. Here’s a video of police violence from a previous Shovkovychna St. sit-in.
Lev Malolitniy, anesthesiologist: They’re taking away the land, depriving our residents of sunshine and light. Here, take a look. Imagine a 17-storied high rise here. Down there are the departments of urology and ophthalmology. What will our residents be seeing? How will they be living there? How will they be recovering?What a healthy sense of egoism this guy projects!
Man in civvies: Get your car out of there. Did I come here to play games with you?
Police: Are you feeling sick?
Sit-in protester: Very sick.
Female protester: Yes, he is.
Police: Come here.
Male protester: The man’s sick. Where are you taking him?
Sit-in protester: Look, my heart hurts! What are you doing? My heart hurts! My heart hurts!
Man in civvies: Yeah, it hurts! It’s your [censored] that’s gonna hurt, son of a bitch!
Sit-in protester, screaming in pain: Oh, my ha-a-a-a-a-a-nd, damn it! Man in civies: Yeah, your hand. Your hand’s gonna hurt, son of a bitch!
Prof. Vadym Berezovsky, local: The 3-meter wall has already been carved out. We’re afraid that the same thing will happen to our house as it happened over at Zhylyanska St, where a construction site next to a pre-Revolution house completely destroyed the latter.
Volodymyr Mikunov, construction company production director: People? What about them? This is unhealthy egoism. Don’t you remember that there were some 50 signatories petitioning against the erection of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, including Dumas, Maurois, and other great writers. And today the Eiffel tower is the pride and hallmark of all France. Likewise, the house that will be built here will become the pride of all Kyiv.
According to the Ukrayinska Pravda report, Prof. Vadym Berezovsky, 76, displayed below, has spent a few weeks in the hospital after the clashes.
Meanwhile, the Oleksandrivska Hospital has threatened a strike in the event construction continues, leaving only one department, emergency, in opereation. Andriy Manchuk, a journalist who attended the anti-construction rally, is undergoing treatment for head injury there.
One last thing. Did the "healthy ego" guy refer to André Maurois and Alexandre Dumas as the people who had a problem with the Eiffel Tower? That's very interesting! André Maurois, the French writer, was born in 1885. Alexandre Dumas, author of The Three Musketeers, died in 1870. The Eiffel Tower was built between 1887 and 1889.
You do the math.
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