BRAMA, May 12, 2010, 9:00 AM ET|
Protest in New York Highlights Troubles in Ukraine
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Protest in New York City at the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations reflects troubles in Ukraine.
New York, May 12, 2010 Yesterday evening, Tuesday, May 11, approximately 200 protesters gathered in front
of Ukraine's Permanent Mission to the United Nations on East 51st Street in New York
City. Participants came from all parts of the Metropolitan area. Some came alone;
about 40 came by chartered bus from New Jersey. In addition, there were
representatives of the Georgian-American community. The gathering was organized by the Ukrainian
Congress Committee of America (ucca.org).
The protest was the second in as many weeks. Its aim was to denounce
policies and actions taken by recently elected President Viktor
Yanukovych and his administration that compromise Ukraine's independence
and undermine the country and people's national identity. These include,
but are not limited to:
an unconsitutional extension of Russia lease of
the Black Sea port of Sevastopol;
the unconstitutional formation of a new
the controversial appointment of Dmytro Tabachnik
as education minister, a selection akin to placing a racist in charge of a
the removal of the director of Security Service
archives, a conscientious scholar who permitted unrestricted access to
documentation of Soviet-era crimes.
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Beginning at 5pm and lasting for two hours, protestors chanted, sang, and
gave speeches. New York City allocated and cordoned off ample space
for the protesters in the street.
No representatives of the Mission came out to acknowledge the group,
nor did they make any appearances in the four-story building's windows.
As the protest came to a conclusion, the event's organizers urged
participants to join a protest at the Ukrainian
embassy in Washington DC on Tuesday, May 17, 2010, the day that Russia's
President Medvedev is expected to travel to Kyiv to formally sign the
extension of the Russian Black Sea Fleet agreement.
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