Is the new Maidan about to happen? Results of the protests, repressions and concessions monitoring in august 2014
The report presents the new results of the systematic research of protests, repressions and concessions in Ukraine in August 2014.
This month differed with very high protest activity in Ukraine, which, however, mainly had the nature of patriotic mobilization. This mobilization is quite safe for the government because it overshadows the specific demands of Maidan (lustration, fighting corruption and protecting civil liberties), as well as socio-economic problems exacerbated by government policies. This does not mean that social issues and specific political reforms cannot be put on the agenda in the near future by a wave of mass protest, but this is unlikely to happen until patriotic mobilization falls and attention switches from the external enemy to internal Ukrainian problems. At the same time, an extremely high level of radical protests was reported, and the level of repression exceeded the 2013 level during the reign of Yanukovych before Maidan started (even leaving aside the military actions in Donbass, so called ‘Anti-Terrorist Operation’ or ATO).
The full summary of the main findings can be found in the press release of Center for Social and Labor Research from September 11th, 2014 following the link