January 31, 2014
Nearly every day being at the Euromaydan, and communicating with people, I have repeatedly noticed, how rapidly heads of three oppositional parties – Vitaliy Klychko, Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Oleg Tyagnybok – are losing the real support of the protestants. There are several reasons to this, but the main one is that each of them behaves as the candidate for president.
We shouldn’t forget that in due time the heads of the oppositional parties didn’t initiate the Euromaydan, but only joined the spontaneous people’s outburst which arose because of the refusal of the power to continue the course on eurointegration. After police harshly dispersed the first Euromaydan, and there arrived much more outraged people to the center of Kyiv, the heads of the opposition tried to take on leadership of the protest. They managed to do so to some extent – people at the square gave Klychko, Yatsenyuk and Tyagnybok the so-called “mandate” for management of the protest, generation of clear targets and suggestion of real actions.
However, despite the fact that people asked the oppositional leaders to stop internal wars, nominate a single candidate for presidency, personify protest movement and offer real demands to the power, they were occupied with political PR – naturally, each one in his own interests. Consequentially – two months passed and not one realistic plan of actions was presented to people, and many people didn’t understand, why they should come to Maidan once again and once again.
The protestants were repeatedly convinced that the question of the single presidential candidate arouses internal conflicts inside the opposition. Contradictions become especially obvious if we take into account ratings of Yatsenyuk, Klychko and Tyagnybok. Even the latest (last year’s) sociological polls showed obvious leadership of Vitaliy Klychko among them, especially in the context of real competition with the current president. However, the recent events showed that Klychko didn’t manage to become the leader of the protest in Ukraine. And when it comes to Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Yuliya Tymoshenko’s shadow which pushes away a certain part of his electorate hangs over him too obviously. At the same time, Oleg Tyagnybok can only temporarily “cheer” about the mobilization check of his electorate, the part of which was “bitten off”, by the way, by the more active and effective civil initiatives of the right part of the political range.
Radicalization of the street protests and the fact that the top oppositionists lost control over the most part of the protestants became the natural consequence of such behavior of the leaders of the political parties. The most part of the Euromaydan simply ignores them, the same way as their appeals. Having tried to receive the maximum from Maidan for their electoral campaigns, Klychko, Yatsenyuk and Tyagnybok didn’t notice how much they have lost.
Will they notice this, and won’t this be already late? This is not clear, but, as we know, better late than never.