On Saturday, September 27 the Communist Party (KPU) had called a “March for Peace”. The call was banned by the authorities and the rally was attacked by fascist thugs. The police then proceeded to arrest dozens of protesters, including the first secretary of the Kharkov KPU Alla Alexander.
Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov personally intervened in making sure the planned demonstration to Lenin’s monument, would not go ahead. The reason given was that the march was nothing but an “anti Ukranian provocation”. The same line of argument was used by Vice-Mayor of Kharkov Igor Terekhov who told journalists that “the Provincial Department of the SBU has at its disposal evidence that the peaceful march Communists will be used to create a provocation by non-constructive forces and to destabilise the situation in Kharkov.” He added that “we have important peace and quiet in the city. Therefore, we can not allow the holding of marches.”
This means that anyone who is in opposition to the war in the Donbass is in fact considered an “enemy of Ukraine” and his or her political rights can therefore be violated by the state with total impunity.