Niagara support for Ukrainian protesters

Dec 29th, 2013 | By | Category: Canada, Events, News, Politics
By Tony Ricciuto, Niagara Falls Review

NIAGARA FALLS – Niagara Falls is being lit up in blue and yellow, the colours of the Ukrainian flag, on Sunday night to show that Canadians are supporting protesters who are back in the Ukraine.

“We are meeting at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church at 6248 Main St., in Niagara Falls at 7:30 p.m. for a prayer service with a group of priests, both Orthodox and Catholic, from different parishes,” said Irene Newton, one of the organizers from St. Catharines.

Members of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and the Ukrainian Canadian Students’ Union from universities across Ontario were expected to attend.

“We will be praying for the situation to improve in the Ukraine,” said Newton. “Once we are done, there will be some refreshments and then we are all marching down to the bottom of Murray Hill over to the Falls and at 9 p.m. they will be lit up for about 15 minutes in Blue and Yellow, which is the colour of the Ukrainian flag.”

A rally in Ukraine’s capitol on Sunday was attended by about 20,000 demonstrators. The rally in Kiev opened with speeches by the country’s spiritual leaders who called for a national unity and stressed the protesters’ right to have the government they want.

Last Wednesday, a prominent Ukrainian civic activist and journalist, Tetyana Chornovil, 34, was brutally beaten outside Kiev. She suffered a concussion and multiple broken bones.

News reports say her car was being followed and that she tried to get away, but she was forced off the road and attacked by two men. The journalist is well known in Ukraine for a number of investigative reports on the activities of officials.

“We will have a flash mob type of walking up and down the sidewalk with Ukrainian and Canadian flags and signs and we will be singing the national anthem of both countries,” said Newton.

The event will be videotaped and be sent back to the Ukraine.

“This is not a major political protest, it’s just recognition and support for what is going on in Ukraine to try and help them because on New Year’s Eve they have a huge demonstration in Kiev and we are hoping to get that video to them to show what we have done here in their support,” said Newton.

Source: Niagra Falls Review

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