The building of the US embassy in Ukraine’s capital Kiev was picketed by about 500 representatives of the Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine. The members of such associations as Russian Bloc, National Ukrainian Association Justice also took part in the meeting. The people were protesting the USA’s policy regarding Iraq.
The protesters publicly knocked George Bush’s stuffed figure down and threw tomatoes in it. In the end, they transfixed it with the “scythe of death.”
The show continued with tribune speeches. The main speaker was Natalia Vitrenko, the leader of the Socialist Party of Ukraine. She declared during the meeting that there was a need to create the “triangle of justice.” This triangle is supposed to include the Slavic world (Ukraine-Belarus-Russia), the Arab world, as well as China and India. She said that those countries could stand together against the American aggression against Iraq.
Vitrenko reminded that Ukrainians voted against Ukraine’s participation in NATO. “No Ukraine in NATO,” – exclaimed she. After she finished her speech, the participants of the meeting tossed white doves in the air and sang patriotic songs.
The protesters also passed the resolution, in which it was offered to pronounce American ambassador to Ukraine Carlos Pascual persona non grata. They suggested the ambassador should be expelled from Ukraine, the bombing of Iraq should be stopped, sanctions against Cuba and Iraq should be withdrawn. The resolution also offered to put George Bush on the international trial in the Hague Tribunal.
Natalia Vitrenko also proclaimed that her party was standing for the retrieval of the Soviet power. She stated that the Socialist Party of Ukraine was struggling against the regime of the incumbent Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma, against the International Monetary Fund and oligarchs.