Rallies against land reform held on main Ukrainian highways

Source : 112 Ukraine

For the moment, the protesters blocked the Kyiv-Chop and Kyiv-Odesa roads
13:13, 11 November 2019

Rallies against land reform on Kyiv-Chop highway on November 11

Mass rallies against land reform started on the main highways of Ukraine. The correspondent of 112 Ukraine reported this.

It is reported that several hundreds of farmers from Lyubashiv, Savransky, Baltsky, Ananivsky and Shiryaevsky districts took part in a protest at the section of Kyiv - Odesa highway over the land reform. The locals brought large-size equipment to the roadside trying to get the attention of the government.  

Agrarian Oleksandr Andrusik noted that protesters were demanding that the land-related bills are postponed and the nationwide land referendum is held.  

Rallies against land reform on Kyiv-Chop highway in Lviv region

“We have repeatedly held such rallies, we offer several variants of our vision but no one hears us. They want to sell land only to foreigners. The bill clearly states - more than 200,000 hectares of land can go in one hand. To whom? Why? How are we thinking about our small farmers? Loans are not available, people are leaving for strawberries collection to Poland. What should we do to prevent these people from leaving Ukraine? It is possible to implement norms so that everyone can buy a piece of land, work on it, and stay. If our government thinks we will sell the land fats and have big money - they are wrong. We have to be sensible and considerate about it and remember that we are at war,” Andrusik said.

Rallies against land reform on Kyiv-Chop highway in Lviv region

It is noted that about 40 people are on highways in Zhashkiv of Cherkasy region as of 10 am. About an hour ago, people started to come here on agricultural machinery and park it on the side of the road.  

“A few minutes ago protesters took to the Kyiv-Odesa highway and literally blocked the movement. Participants of the rally say that they are against land reform and any sale of land. They demand from the authorities to cancel the bill. They did not announce the timeline of the rally. Sometimes we can hear dissatisfied signals from the drivers,” the correspondent added.

Kyiv-Chop highway was also blocked in Lviv region. Several hundred people gathered there.

It is reported that there are over a hundred of cars in a traffic jam in Mykolaiv region. Car drivers are very anxious; they signal and demand to be let through. About 100 people participate in the rally, primarily farmers, peasants, National Corps. Patrol police controls the situation.

“We are not particularly happy to come here and walk on the road, but we are forced to do it. We have took part in the rallies 2 times near the Verkhovna Rada, we thought that President Zelensky will hear us, but he does not listen and continues to advance laws written abroad, not in Ukraine. They are protecting the interests of the great world capital and those of our oligarchs. If one of these days, the Verkhovna Rada votes for these bills, 20 people can seize the land in Ukraine. If this happens, President Zelensky will commit the greatest ever crime in the history of Ukraine,” the head of farming enterprise Mykhailo Lyubchenko said.

Rallies against land reform on Kyiv-Chop highway in Lviv region

All-Ukrainian Agrarian Council notes that as a sign of disagreement with the cynical actions of the authorities on land reform issue, agrarians came out with their equipment to the main highways of the country at 17 points. The protest was joined by farmers in 13 regions - Vinnytsia, Cherkasy, Chernihiv, Ternopil, Kirovohrad, Mykolaiv, Khmelnytsky, Zhytomyr, Odesa, Poltava, Volyn, Rivne, Lviv.

As it was reported earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky instructed the Cabinet of Ministers to draw up a bill on the land market by October and entrusted the Verkhovna Rada to adopt it and lift the moratorium on agricultural land sale by December 2019. In particular, the government has to develop and submit to the parliament a bill on the agricultural land market and lifting of the moratorium on land sales by October 1, 2019.

On January 18, 2001, the Parliament adopted law #2242-III, which established that the owners of the land shares cannot sell, present or alienate the land plots in any other way; however, the lands can be bequeathed or sold for the state and public needs. This decision acts temporarily until the Land Code is adopted.

The Land Code #2768-III was adopted by the Parliament on October 25, 2001. The document established that it is forbidden to sell or alienate the lands and shares for the farm needs until January 1, 2005 (the exchange, bequeathing and confiscation for the public needs were allowed). This decision is called the moratorium on the sale of land since then. The action of this ban was extended nine times (in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2017).

Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament Dmytro Razumkov said the Verkhovna Rada would consider the main and alternative bills on the land market this week.

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