In Odesa and Kharkiv, May Day demonstrations today turned in some skirmishes and clashes. So, in Odesa pro-Ukrainian activists blocked the way for demonstrators, and they refused the idea to continue the march, reports Duma.
In particular, near the Opera Theater in Odesa, several dozen pro-Russian demonstrators (mostly elderly people and pensioners) held a rally and tried to march to Kulikov's Field. However, they were blocked by pro-Ukrainian activists. After a verbal skirmish, the demonstrators changed their minds about continuing the march.
The publication notes that participants in the demonstration were often noticed at events ideologically associated with Russia, as well as on pro-Russian actions in 2013-2014. On the occasion of May 1, they demanded higher wages, lower tariffs, and decent pensions.
In Kharkiv, a rally of the pro-Russian organization Trudovaya Kharkivschina was held, dedicated to May 1, reports 057.ua. About 150 protesters marched from the Constitution Square to the square near the Annunciation Church.
The publication notes that at the meeting were seen mainly elderly people. They launched posters about the "genocide of Ukraine" and "glory to the working people". When the protesters tried to get the flag of the USSR, the police warned them about criminal responsibility and stopped them.
Around 1,000 people showed up at the parade in Kyiv. The participants of the event were holding flags with the symbolics of Kyiv Trade Union City Council, Social Democratic Party and state flags. The representatives of the Labor Party, Party of Greens, military pensioners were present at the parade.
The protesters had posters with signs “Give wage arrears back”, “Hard times? We will make the oligarch’s share”, “Standing in a queue for subsidies is a humiliation for the workers”, “Bring back health-resort treatment to workers” etc.
The event went peacefully.