Despite Everything, We Continue To Build New Ukraine

December 11, 2013

Boris Eghaizaryan

Riot Police Ran after Him, but I Could not Lift Myself Up and Fell on the Road. They Followed and Beat Me even There.
They Let Me Go not far from Bessarabska Ploshcha (Besarabska Square) where we Could Finally Stop. I Asked a Stranger for a Phone in Shevchenko Park and Called my Assistant. I Asked her to Urgently Post on Facebook about the Recent Violent Dispersion on Maidan.

I was born in Armenia, but have been living in Ukraine for a very long time. I would like to publicize the events of that night to protect myself in this difficult situation.

On Friday, Novemebr 29, I stayed on Maidan Nezalezhnosti after the meeting. I did not want to incite panic and therefore did not write about the events, but I knew that the following morning the riot police would be attacking protesters. My relatives can confirm this; I did share my premonishion with them.

I got the time wrong. I thought it would happen around 5 or 6 am. Usually this is the time when attacks, repressions, and wars start, because people are in their most vulnerable state.

I really wanted to be on Maidan. Not even that I wanted, I hoped that I could, just in case, help the youth staying there, who would not believe that such cruelty could happen. Of course, I understood that once the riot police started their attack it would be difficult to do anything about it.

The dispersement started immediately – crowds of the riot police, and when they started beating people, the police made a pathway on the side of Christmas tree for people to leave. I also ran, but a girl nearby fainted. I grabbed her and started dragging her away. She was probably the one who saved me, because I shouted that she was dying and nobody hurt us. Just in the back, like the others who ran.

At Khreshchatyk subway station I saw a young man lying awkwardly on his back with his arms flaring. He looked dead but his eyes were open, moving mindlessly. I started shaking him and shouting “Wake up, they will will you! You need to run!”

At this moment they caught up with me and started hitting me on the back. I hid my head between his legs, and the young man came back to his senses, jumped and ran off.

Riot police ran after him, but I could not lift myself up and fell out on the drive on my fours. They caught up with me and hit us even there. They let us go not far from Bessarabka (Bessarabska Square), and we could finally stop there. I asked a stranger for a phone in Shevchenko Park, and called my assistant. I asked her to urgently post on Facebook about the violent dispersion on Maidan.

I then came to the orthopedic clinic on Vorovska St, but the receptionist told me it is not their experise and even refused to call a taxi for me. I walked to 37 Vladymyrska St, a trauma center. They asked me twice if I really wanted to put down “beaten by riot police” on my patient history.

Then, the government got involved and things started to look strange. Every interrogator (I had five) talked to me as well as my wife, who had not participated in protests.

Moreover, officials from Security Service of Ukraine came to our home on December 4, 2013 and told us they were with the Department for Corruption and Grievious Crimes. My wife was supposed to be at work at the time, but she stayed home because she felt unwell, yet she still was interrogated. She got really scared and is still in very grave psychological state.

I am giving a lot of details because I want everyone to understand that no one can keep out. Especially not intellectuals. Besides creating beautiful and strong art, the intellectuals should always be ready to protect the priceless human life.

Moreover, creative intellectuals should abstain from badmouthing the opposition. We have no one else right now! Besides, our opposition behaves just as it should; they do not have other venues. The West keeps mum about any definitive support of the opposition. It is now obvious that many in the West have realized that Yanukovich is a criminal and will continue cheat Ukrainian people.

The West wants to maintain diplomacy and politically correctness, and Russia does the opposite. Under such circumstances, protesters are the ones who suffer. That is why any charges against leaders of Maidan benefit the governing party. Therefore, we should think before we talk. We need to put our differences with the opposition aside, this is not the time.

Intellectuals, including the artists, the ones that have mastered words, images, and symbols, have no right to hold back and definitely have no right to be irresponsible with their words. We have a very difficult problem before us – not just the freedom is threatened, but, as transpired, the people’s livelihood is. Not one human life lost is worth the world, let alone the country. Unfortunately, the present government has proven that a human life means nothing to them. But we need to strive for our new Ukraine.

Boris Eghiazaryan, painter.

1998, Voted one of the top 20 Ukrainian Artists by the Association of Ukrainian Fine art Galleries.
May, 1999, Diploma of the International Biographical Centre for his major contribution to 20th Century painting and fine art.
“2000 Outstanding artists and designers of the 20th century,” International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, UK.

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