Hundreds of small entrepreneurs protested Wednesday in the centre of Kiev to demand an easing of the containment imposed by the authorities to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Blocking traffic on a central street, the protesters masked, gathered outside the seat of the government demanding to lift as soon as Friday, a portion of the existing restrictions, that is, two weeks before the date envisaged by the authorities.
“Even a day of your protection, and we will cease to exist! “, could be read on posters hung on the cars of protesters.
The protesters have also demanded the rules of containment “fair for all” following the scandal that erupted this week around a mp proprésidentiel. Journalists have accused this man to run secretly in one of his luxury restaurants in Kyiv, in violation of the containment.
The government imposed at the beginning of march, a containment by closing schools, public spaces and almost all shops except those in food products and pharmacies.
The authorities have also ordered the stopping of public transport, which will now serve as the professions essential, such as medical personnel and police.
These measures have attracted criticism, with some economists believing that they are likely to be more damaging than the pandemic.
Almost 40% of Ukrainians reported having financial problems, and 45%, have no savings, according to a survey published last week.
Ukraine has recorded 9866 cases of this disease, of which 250 of them fatal.