Sunday, 16 February 2014

Politics: Halifax Ukranian community support protests

The Ukrainian community in Halifax has voiced its concerns over the current protests in Ukraine.

The committee at the Halifax Ukrainian Club has passed a motion which supports the current protests in the Ukraine.

The protests began in November 2013 when the country’s president Yanukovych made the decision not to sign a partnership deal with the European Union, instead favouring closer ties with Russia.

Since the Ukraine won its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, the country has been led by a succession of increasingly powerful and corrupt governments.

Strengthening ties with Russia is seen by many Ukrainians as a backwards step.

The Halifax Ukrainian Club has pledged their support for all peaceful protests and are calling for free elections in the country.

Darka Pratt, cultural secretary at the Halifax Ukrainian Club, said: “The president has far too many powers and it has become very dictatorial - they want him to go, that’s what they’re calling for.

“He’s let them down so many times.

“Instead of signing with the EU, he’s signed up with Russia instead - it was the last straw for a lot of people, and that’s why they’ve flooded out onto the streets.

“They’re tired of how the government are doing things.”

This article was published in the Halifax Courier on February 14, 2014.

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