UKRAINIAN COMMUNITY OF SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA STANDS IN A CIRCLE OF PEACE AT UNION SQUARE
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/550428745064390/
San Francisco, CA – March 23, 2014 – Over 200 Ukrainians who reside in the San Francisco Bay Area and their friends gathered at Union Square in San Francisco to express their support to Ukrainians in Ukraine and to raise awareness about the military intervention by Russia in the Crimean Peninsula, in the south of Ukraine.
The ‘flash-mob’ was organized by a local Ukrainian support group, MaydanSF (www.maydansf.com). A circle of people with flags and posters was created around the Dewey Monument at Union Square, the main plaza and one of the busiest tourist areas in San Francisco. “By creating a circle, we are showing that we are united in our determination to keep Ukraine within its borders,” explained one of the MaydanSF organizers, Konstantin Kisly, a former resident of Crimea.
The passersby were able to examine numerous posters and listen to chants such as “Free Ukraine,” “Putin, go home,” “USA Supports Ukraine,” , “Crimea is Ukraine”, “Glory to Ukraine! Glory to Heroes!”.
The content of the posters and chants has evolved during the 3-4 months of MaydanSF’s activity from being pro-European and anti-Ukrainian-government to becoming pro-peace, anti-war, and anti-Putin. These messages reflect how people in the local Ukrainian community feel about the most recent developments in the political situation in Ukraine.
At the end of February 2014, Russian military forces occupied the Crimean Peninsula in Southern Ukraine. On March 16, 2014, Putin’s government annexed Crimea into the Russian Federation.
These actions have been condemned by the international community. Many countries, including the United States and members of the European Union, have imposed sanctions against the Russian officials who are responsible for the crisis in Crimea.
The Ukrainian community in the San Francisco Bay Area and their supporters continue to gather and raise awareness about the events in Ukraine.
CONTACT: Mikola Bilogorskiy, 408.203.4323, firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos (Konstantin Kisly): https://plus.google.com/photos/100677603679103821253/albums/5994417369545723665?banner=pwa&authkey=CPXmqMmurNDUFQ
Video (Konstantin Kisly): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpdCWUgJyrU