Today Ukraine celebrates Labor Day or International Worker’s Day.
For the first time this was ‘celebrated’ on May 1 in 1886 when American workers organized strike demanding 8 hour working day.
Strike and demonstration ended with bloodshed.
In July 1889 in memory of strike of workers in Chicago Paris Congress of II International decided to hold annual May 1 demonstrations. In 1890 countries of Europe celebrated it for the first time.
In Ukraine and other post-soviet countries, in addition to traditional shashlyk picnics, this day is marked by public demonstrations in Ukrainian cities.
In capital city of Ukraine today there were children activities in the center of Kyiv instead of demonstrations of communists and veterans.
According to Deputy Head of Kyiv department of internal ministry Igor Kpovalenko, the central part of the city is to be given to kids.
Meanwhile 3 massive demonstrations were planned for today. Communist party of Ukraine, Organization of veterans of Ukraine and independent trade unions send requests to Kyiv authorities to hold their demonstrations.
Among these three demonstration of Communist Party of Ukraine was the most prominent. First of all, because it was banned by officials according to process of Decommunization in the country and general prohibition of communist party itself.
However, about one thousand of people and even more police gathered on the territory of Museum of Great Patriotic War.
The beginning of the meeting had a peaceful character. It escalated after activists of quite radical political movement ‘freedom’ [Svoboda] poured kefir over leader of Ukrainian communists Petro Symonenko.
At about 11.20 several dozens of young people, part of them wore balaclavas, tried to provoke fight with participants of the demonstration. Police detained 19 people. Young people resisted so that some of them jot injure.
Demonstration of communists ended at about 12.30 pm.