UKRAINIANS IN LONDON PROTEST AGAINST THE LANGUAGE BILL

11.07.12


Language demo London2

Ukrainians of all ages living in London joined Ukrainians all over the world to protest against the language bill.

Around 150 people braved the rain to voice their protest outside the Ukrainian Embassy. The participants carried Ukrainian flags and posters; sang Ukrainian songs; and heard addresses from Volodymyr Pawluk, Chair of the London branch of AUGB and Iryna Terlecky, Deputy Chair of AUGB. Both speakers underlined the need for Ukrainians everywhere to show their solidarity with protesters in Ukraine, particularly those who are into the fifth day of a hunger strike in Kyiv. The bill puts the Ukrainian language at risk of being marginalised, even though the Constitution guarantees its status as the official state language.

Party of the Regions author of the bill, Vadim Kolesnichenko, said today that he had a discussion with President Yanukovych earlier this week: he is confident that there will be an additional session of Verkhovna Rada at the end of the month and that the President will sign the bill in August. The risk of this scandalous and socially divisive bill being made law is still very real.

We hope that our protest will show that we are united with all those in Ukraine who are working to ensure the language bill is scrapped, and provides moral support for continued action.



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