Sunday, February 23, 2014

A Show of Support for Ukraine

There was a show of support earlier today, in Brno, for the Maidan protesters in Kyiv.  The people there are protesting against the current pro-Russian president and there have been violent clashes with police.

The show of support should not come as a surprise.  Obviously, because it is the right thing but also given the huge Ukrainian population in Czechland.  At 30%, Ukrainians make up the largest group of registered foreigners in the country.  There are more Ukrainians here than Slovaks.

Many people were at náměstí Svobody (Freedom Square), waiving flags and holding candles.  There was an Orthodox priest and a video was shown.  Everything was in Ukrainian so I didn't understand much.

I know the blue and yellow Ukrainian flag but I hadn't seen the red and blag one before.  I found out later that the red and black flag is that of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) which fought a military campaign against the Nazis and later against Soviet forces. 

Ukrainians aren't getting support only in Brno.  Someone painted the Soviet War Memorial in Sofia again.  This time in support of Ukraine.

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