The law imposing criminal liability for staging paid-for meetings is badly needed, writes political analyst Olexandr Palij in Facebook Nov. 22.
“I’m just back from the protest, allegedly by bankrupt bank depositors, in downtown Kyiv. A third of the protesters were old ladies and students who had been paid UAH130 ($5) for a 10.00 to 13.00 shift. Many were the hobos from the capital,” he writes.
The whole protest was a blatant discretization of democracy, he says.
The law to bring the organizers of such protests to accountability as morally degraded persons is badly needed, Palij claims.
The OSCE monitoring team stated in the wake of several recent protests that they were paid-for events.