Around 40 Ukrainians, most of whom were expats, gathered from all over Europe in Davos to demand that global leaders do not support their government’s suppressive powers. The heroes of the crowd were the two social activists, Sergey Koba and Igor Tatsyshyn, who fled from Ukraine yesterday, where they claim several of their fellow protesters were arrested.
The protesters gathered in Davos to reach out to global banks and leaders. They chanted “EU – where are you?”.
Ukrainians came from all over Europe to show their disdain for their government’s actions. Ukrainians living in Germany, Switzerland, the UK and Sweden were among them.
Allegedly, the Ukrainian government has been hiring thugs to beat up protesters. According to fellow protesters, Sergey Koba and his friend Igor Tatsyshyn have been tracking these thugs down to have them publicly apologize at Kiev’s Independence Square (see latest protest video here). Koba and Tatsyshyn fled from Ukraine just last night where several other protesters were imprisoned. They drove straight to Davos to join the protest, and will now be driving around Europe to inform about the situation in their home country.
This trip will be financed partially by private funds, and partially by funds from Ukrainian supporters. Koba shows that one of his accounts has already been blocked by the government. This is a reminder of the horrific Orwellian text message that protesters in Kiev received a few days ago.