Kharkiv, Ukraine. December 13 2013.
In the yard of the “Salamadra” building at Sumska Str. 17, a witness saw a burning Mercedes-Vito minibus rented to the organization committee of #Euromaidan #Kharkiv. The bus was completely burnt. No people or valuable property was damaged.
The bus was used for transporting equipment (generator, sound amplifiers, loudspeakers, etc.) for local rallies and warm clothes and insulation to be sent along with the protesters leaving to support the protestors in Kyiv. It had no symbols that would have identified that it was being used for the #Kharkiv #Euromaidan.
These pictures were taken after the bus was burnt.
In the morning, activists added symbols to the burnt bus and plan to transport it to the public meeting scheduled for 18:00 to show it to all the people.
The minibus was not insured. The police started their investigation and opened a criminal case based on Article 194, part 2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
The minibus was transported to a Taras Shevchenko monument and shown to protesters at the rally.
One of the coordinators of #Euromaidan #Kharkiv Dmytro Pylypets, a member of “Moloda Prosvita” and a contributor to the Maidan website – publicly accused the city mayor Hennady Kernes and the head of regional administration Mykhaylo Dobkin in this arson attack. Pylypets thinks that the perpetrators of this crime were provoked by the statement of writer Oksana Zabuzhko in that she was planning to visit Kharkiv on the 13 December and address the protestors at 18:00 near the Shevchenko monument. Dobkin has repeatedly spoken about Zabuzhko in ways which can be considered to be hateful.
His last tweet mentioning her was on the evening of December 12.
В Харьков зазывать на майдан едут Андрухович,Забужко и Карпа.Видно дела совсем плохи! Пригласили б еще цыган с медведями.
— Добкин Михаил (@mdobkin) December 12, 2013
Translation: In order to drum up support for the Maidan in Kharkiv they are calling for Andrukhovych, Zabuzhko and Karpa. It’s clear that things are really bad! They could have also invited gypsies with bears.
This is not the first crime committed against the #Kharkiv #Euromaidan, 8 days ago, a generator was stolen.
The daily protest actions of #Euromaidan #Kharkiv started on November 21 are in the form of daily public assemblies, rock concerts and meetings with renowned artist and writers. The coordinators estimated that 7,500 people attended the assembly “Left Bank Rock” on December 8.
The Coordination Council of #Euromaidan #Kharkiv (official page here) announced a fundraising to buy a replacement bus, which will be returned to an owner after the end of protest actions. The cost of a used minibus is estimated $10,000 USD.
You can send the money to:
PUBLIC JOINT STOCK COMPANY “FIRST UKRAINIAN INTERNATIONAL BANK”
Account holder: Kharkivs`kij hromadskij Fond mistsevoji demoktatiji
Account number 260094168
Purpose of payment: Donations
Natalka Zubar, Chairman of Board of Maidan Monitoring Information Center