Pianists play in Ukraine protest front Lines
Ukraine’s EuroMaidan protests began late last year and has continually brought photos of horror and violence to world news channels. But a remarkable scene a few days ago in the same streets that saw blood and fire has led to a viral call for peace.
A group of demonstrators led by Markiyan Matsekh has started to play classical piano pieces in front of riot police as a way of showing there are peaceful ways to air their sentiments to authorities. Markiyan painted his piano with the colours of the Ukrainian flag and placed it in the front lines, allowing musicians to take turns playing in front of riot police.
Markiyan said ‘I painted and brought the piano in front of riot police to demonstrate the spirit of the revolution.’
Markiyan: ‘it’s actually peaceful and it’s cultural and that we are actually trying to change the situation in a peaceful way.’
The peaceful protest in Ukraine remembers earlier non-violent demonstrations in history like Martin Luther King Junior’s anti-racism rally in Washington where he recited the famous ‘I have a dream’ speech and Mohandas Gandhi’s 1930 Salt March against the British government.
The EuroMaidan protests are an ongoing civil unrest in Ukraine launched by those who are demanding Ukraine’s integration to the European Union and those who are calling for the resignation of president Viktor Yanukovych.