Ukraine’s EuroMaidan demonstration comes to Buffalo
by Andrew Kulyk (@akulykUSRT) - posted 3:56 pm, December 5, 2013
It all started on November 21. The Ukrainian nation, enroute to signing a historic trade agreement with the European Union to strengthen economic and cultural ties with the west, quickly derailed when their president, Viktor Yanukovich, abruptly announced that he would not sign the agreement, instead opting for a closer economic treaty with Russia and Belarus.
The outrage quickly spread to the streets of their capital, Kyiv, and then throughout the rest of the country. An attempt to release former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, a Yanukovich political rival languishing in prison on trumped up corruption charges, was rejected despite demands by the Eurozone that this release be a part of the deal.
These past two weeks the protests have spread throughout the world. Neighboring countries Poland and Georgia, amongst others, have displayed their solidarity with the Ukrainian people. New events are happening in Kyiv literally by the minute as hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets of the capital, calling for the ouster of their president, new elections, and to sign the treaty with the European Union. General strikes have been organized in the western Ukrainian cities of Lviv, Ternopil and Ivano-Frankivsk.
So it was just a matter of time before Buffalo’s Ukrainian/American Community got in on the demonstration and voice their support.
That event will take place, tomorrow, Friday, December 6 at 4:00PM in Niagara Square downtown, as a support rally will be staged to express solidarity with the freedom loving peoples back in Ukraine. Later that evening, a presentation of EuroMaidan events will be held at Dnipro Ukrainian Cultural Center, 562 Genesee Street, with the program beginning at 7:00PM.
“Both events are open to the public, and we invite all Western New Yorkers and members of the press to attend,” said Luba Terech, one of the demonstration organizers.
Follow updates of Euromaidan events as they happen in Kyiv and throughout the world at Kyiv Post