Daily VideoMay 2, 2014
May Day protest turns fiery in Ukraine
In May 1 ‘May Day’ protests, large numbers of pro-Russian demonstrators in the city of Donetsk forced the well-equipped Ukrainian riot police to retreat into the last government building that still shows loyalty to the Ukrainian government.
The protesters then began to attack the building, first throwing rocks, then petrol bombs in what appeared to be an attempt to burn it down. These efforts forced the police into a courtyard, where they huddled behind their shields to protect themselves from the hail of rocks and paving stones being thrown at them.
However, even this final defense fell as the mob entered the compound, stripped the police of their shields, helmets and protective vests, then frog-marched them away.
Police resistance had proved futile, the only effect, to let weapons and equipment fall into the hands of their enemies. They’re unlikely to try it again.
Warm up questions
- Where is Ukraine?
- If protesters are being peaceful, what should the response of the police be? Explain your answer.
- If protesters are violent towards the police, should they retaliate? Explain your answer.
- What were people protesting about? What do you think their intentions and goals were?
- Should the police have handled the situation differently? Explain your answer.
- Should other countries get involved in this local fight? Why or why not?
When is using violence against another person justified? In the riot that took place in Donetsk, who is responsible for the violence? Think of examples of peaceful protest and violent protests. Which ones were more effective in achieving their goals? Which method would you use if you were protesting something important to you and why?
Tooltip of related stories
Tooltip of more video block
Submit Your Student Voice
Thousands of evacuees sought refuge in Houston’s convention center during Hurricane Harvey, but their pets were not allowed in with them. New emergency service groups and animal shelters in Houston are taking a step to include animals and pets in disaster planning. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceSocial StudiesU.S.UncategorizedWorld
Hillary Clinton, the former senator, secretary of state, first lady and presidential candidate published her memoir, “What Happened,” last week about the 2016 presidential election in which she lost to Donald Trump. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceSocial StudiesU.S.UncategorizedWorld
Seven million Floridians remain without power along with 1.5 million people in Georgia and millions more in the Caribbean after Hurricane Irma struck those areas over the last week. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceSocial StudiesU.S.UncategorizedWorld
Monday marks the 16th anniversary of the attacks on September 11th. Discuss with your students how the U.S. has changed over the last 16 years as a result of 9/11. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceSocial StudiesU.S.UncategorizedWorld
Students will have many questions and concerns about Hurricane Harvey in the coming days. Use this PBS lesson to help you discuss the effects of extreme weather events with your students and helpful media literacy tools when it comes to media coverage of the hurricane. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceSocial StudiesU.S.UncategorizedWorld