The day of May 1 started with songs about communism and Lenin. Early in the morning followers of the Communist party of Ukraine started gathering in the  center of Kyiv  near the monument to the leader of the world proletariat.

Waiting for the march to begin, participants were giving balloons with the party symbols to passer-bys. It turned out everybody wanted a red balloon, as people were hustling around the 'balloon keepers'. 

And here we have Stalins of the masses...

Around ten a.m. the party leader Petro Symonenko laid flowers to the monument and the march to the European square started.

"You're on the right track, comrades!".

The rally was rather popular - about 10 thousand participants gathered in the center of the capital.

No rally can do without an incident. This man in pink tried to fight "the men in red".

He his fellows from the Coalition of Orange Revolution Participants (CUPR) wanted to stop the march throwing paint at placards of communists. However, police forces interfered in time.

One of the attackers explained that with this paint CUPR members were going to draw magnolias in the Botanic Garden...

In the result, the young people were detained and taken or even carried away. The march was resumed shortly afterwards.

On May 1 the European square turned red...

Meanwhile, representatives of youth leftwing organizations held an alternative rally on the Franko's square.

Some of them covered their faces with masks and scarves to guard anonymity.

However, not only them were covering the faces. Masks and scarves were a true May 1 trend for some activists. Thus, somewhere around lunch time people started gathering near "Arsenalna" metro station, including a group of 20 young men in heavy disguise. As ForUm learned from the press office of the police department, the activists refused to uncover their faces and police officers took them to the Pechersk police station for identification. 

Around one p.m. left-wing radicals started the march from "Arsenalna" mentro station to "Kontractova". Anarchists, anti-fascists, feminists arranged a real dress party.

The activists promised to behave, thus police officers let them wear fake noses, wigs and carnival masks.

However, passer-bys no only could not see their faces, but also could not hear their slogans and calls.

As soon as the trumpets and drums finished roaring and placards went home, Kyiv went back to normal. In the afternoon Khreshchyatyk was crowded with regular people enjoying the holiday and nice weather.

Alina Yaremeyeva, Tetyana Matsur, photos by Viktor Kovalchuk, Maxim Trebukhov


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