Using Mirrors To Show Police What They Have Become


Above: At noon, demonstrators lined the streets of central Kyiv for 30 minutes to hold up mirrors in front of police in commemoration of the Nov. 30 violent dispersal of protesting students from Independence Square. All photos by Kostyantyn Chernichkin (C)


Protest of mirrors held to commemorate Nov. 30 police beating of demonstrators

At noon on Dec. 30, protesters in central Kyiv held mirrors in front of police for 30 minutes to commemorate the night of Nov. 30 when riot police used excessive force to breakup a peaceful rally on Independence Square consisting mostly of university students.

In a gesture to remind the police of their violent actions that memorable night, EuroMaidan demonstrators lined up with mirrors to show law enforcement personnel their reflections. The civic demonstration took place near walkways and streets that lead to the government building district where police have been stationed. The buildings include the president’s headquarters, Cabinet of Ministers and central bank, among others.

Protesters also held posters that read, “Who and what are you protecting?” in reference to President Viktor Yanukovych and his appointed government whose ouster they have called.

The violent dispersal of student-protesters on Nov. 30 ignited the public’s ire. The next day, hundreds of thousands descended on central Kyiv in a show of protest over the police beatings. An encampment and barricades were erected, and three public buildings were taken over, including city hall.

Yanukovych suspended three lower-level officials over the Nov. 30 incident, but many believe the ones who ultimately gave the order were not dismissed or are being investigated. The order apparently was given to make room for equipment and crew to resume work in putting up the capital’s main Christmas tree. The tree was never fully set up. Protesters instead have attached flags and banners on the metallic cone structure in place of artificial tree branches.


14 Comments on "Using Mirrors To Show Police What They Have Become"

  1. Are the mirrors double sided?


    This is not a defense of the police.

  2. Kevin Leonard | Jan 8, 2014 at 2:36 pm |

    I’m wondering if it was effective. I imagine at least half of those police already spent a fair amount of time gazing at themselves in the mirror in full riot gear.

    • American Cannibal | Jan 8, 2014 at 2:58 pm |

      And posting riot-selfies on Facebook.

    • BrianApocalypse | Jan 9, 2014 at 11:53 am |

      I was thinking something similar. Some of those cops were probably looking at their reflections thinking, “Yeah. I’m badass.”

    • Calypso_1 | Jan 9, 2014 at 12:44 pm |

      I’m thinking you run the risk of the mirror test that occurs with certain monkeys. They fall in love with the image or they become enraged and attack it.

  3. I think that’s brilliant. Wonder if it will catch on, and work.

  4. American Cannibal | Jan 8, 2014 at 2:56 pm |

    Awesome tactic. Brilliant and so obvious. This is a keeper and should be used widely and often.

  5. DeepCough | Jan 8, 2014 at 6:29 pm |

    I think this is a fantastic idea–for getting broken mirror shards in your face.

    • InfvoCuernos | Jan 8, 2014 at 7:02 pm |

      I was thinking they were plastic mirrors, but I wouldn’t want to be the one holding up a big glass one when the clubs started swinging.

      • DeepCough | Jan 8, 2014 at 7:42 pm |

        Glass or plastic, knowing the police, they’ll probably charge it as
        “brandishing a deadly weapon.”

        • InfvoCuernos | Jan 8, 2014 at 9:00 pm |

          “It looked like some crazed asshole in riot gear was coming at me menacingly with a billy club, so I had to beat him with my billy club!”

  6. Well now I’m a Belieber…

  7. It’s a good tactic, but US cops have been more brutal against Occupy, than Ukraine cops.

    You know a lot of Ukraine groups are sponsored by the west? They want NATO in there and to wrench it away from Russia’s influence. This is a lot like similar “color revolutions” of years past.

    So, this is part of a widespread propaganda initiative. They are still fighting the Cold War in DC, London and the capitols of Europe.

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