[lg policy] Ukrainians in Europe protested against language draft law

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jun 7 14:54:49 UTC 2012

Ukrainians in Europe protested against language draft law

Ukrainians in Europe protested against the draft law on the principles
of the national language policy in Ukraine by Serhiy Kivalov and Vadym
Kolesnichenko. The protest rallies were held in Italy, Portugal,
Germany, Spain and Greece within the framework of the All-European
move “Language lives – Ukraine will live!” In Rome the protesters held
the rally near the Embassy of Ukraine.

"People were protesting, singing Ukrainian songs. Posters in Italian
were facing the roadway for the Italians to understand the essence of
the protest. Two representatives of the Embassy came out to talk with
the participants of the rally and received the statement of the World
Congress of Ukrainians regarding the language problem," the chairman
of the Christian Society of Ukrainians in Italy Oles Horodetsky said.

In Lisbon the Ukrainians held a car protest organized by the Union of
Ukrainians in Portugal. Cars decorated with Ukrainian symbols and
protest posters drove along the embassies of different countries, the
Ukrainian one including. Portugal political parties, EU MPs and the
media also delivered a joint statement criticizing the language draft

In Munich, a protest rally was organized by the Union of Ukrainian
Students in Germany. The Ukrainians protested in Frankfurt, Berlin,
Athens, Madrid and other cities as well. According to the initiators,
the All-European move was organized solely by the society and
political parties bear no relation to this.


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