On Nov 24, more than 60,000 people gathered in Shevchenko Park, near Lev Tolstoi metro station, and marched down
to European Square, some two kilometers away, to protest the government’s decision to suspend
Ukraine’s attempts to integrate more closely with the European Union through an association agreement.
The majority of protesters just walked past the statue shouting “Hanba (Shame on you)” to the police officers guarding the Communist Party leader’s statue, although several dozen activists reached the red-colored Communist Party tent and trampled it.
Ever since vandals damaged the nose and one arm of the Bolshevik leader in 2009, forcing an expensive repair job completed in 2010, the Communist Party has kept vigil at the site — erecting a tent and hiring private security guards.