Tuesday, January 28, 2014
In a special meeting of Parliament today the Prime Minister resigned and the controversial anti-protest laws were repealed. These changes and the softening of the government position may be the beginning of a peaceful resolution to the protests. ILP and our partners are hopeful that these changes will lead to greater discussion over the next few days so that the opposition and the government will be able to quell the protests and stabilize the political, economic and, most importantly, the security situation in Kiev.
The teachers remain safe in the suburbs where life seems to be going forward as usual. Travel to the center of the city is still banned by ILP.
We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Protests continue in the central district of Kiev. The protests have turned increasingly violent with several deaths over the last 24 hours. We remain in close contact with the teachers and our 3 "watchtowers." All information currently indicates the safety of the teachers is not in risk and the protests remain localized. Schools and life remain the same outside the center of the city. All activities and travel into the center have been canceled until further noticed. Teachers are aware of the specific colors of the protest and government and have been advised to wear neutral colored clothing to not show opposition or support for the government.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely.
Monday, January 20, 2014
Over the weekend, there was a clash between protesters and police after Ukraine’s parliament passed an anti-protest law. Whether the law was legally passed is itself in question. Following the clashes on Sunday night and Monday morning, President Yanukovich agreed to talks with protest leaders.
ILP volunteers’ safety is our primary concern. We monitor our 3 “watchtowers” to determine the safety of our volunteers in situations like this: our native coordinators, the state department advisories, and other organizations (universities, churches, businesses) that have people in the area.
How this affects ILP teachers:
- The protests are limited to a small geographic area within the center of Kiev, and do not reach to areas where teachers are living or teaching.
- Protests are not directed towards Americans and protesters see the U.S. and the west as allies
- ILP volunteers are not allowed to travel to downtown areas until it is safe to do so.
We will continue to monitor the situation and give updates.