Ukrainians gather on Independence Square on Jan. 19 to protest draconian laws passed by parliament on Jan. 16.
© Daryna Shevchenko
The Kyiv Post asked participants of the EuroMaidan rally on Jan. 19 whether they are willing to wait till 2015 presidential elections for a chance to change the direction and leadership of the country, or take action right now.
Oleg Marshev, engineer
"We should wait and save our strength for 2015. And then concentrate on holding free and fair elections."
Valentyna Hotnariuk, pensioner
"We definitely don't have to wait. But we need a leader. We need somebody to lead the nation. I think Tiahnybok is a fighter."
Mykhailo Malchyshyn, architect
"I think we don't need to wait. But it is hard to talk about the action plan on my own, there should be a leader to have a plan. I know we won't achieve anything with peaceful actions, we should start going radical. If we use this huge crowd and block the main administrative buildings until they give in to us, it can help. I would take part in such radical actions myself if I were sure what it is for."
Oksana Merezhko, lawyer
"We should stop talking and start acting. We need a leader to produce ideas and lead a nation, which is just a crowd of people that has to be managed by someone. This what politics is for. I'm not sure who it should be, but I like (Petro) Poroshenko."
Oksana Nagorniuk, teacher
"We have to act, at least do what we've been doing for the last two months. First of all we should keep coming out here and keep informing people about what really happens in our country. Those who are against EuroMaidan are just victims of the information war led against us. They tell us the worst things about the EU, but I've been there on many occasions and I know how people live there. So informing and protesting are the things we shouldn't give up on especially after they adopted these draconian laws."
Andriy Gaiduk, university professor
"There is an urgent need of active action right now, before 2015. If we wait there will be no 2015, just an imitation of democracy, like in Russia. The most effective method is a national strike, meaning people should keep coming to work but stop doing there jobs or do them slowly. So there would be no ground for firing workers but the economy of the country would start losing. There are a lot of variants – Italian variant, Polish variant, we should just pick the right one."
Natalia Nikolcheva, housewife
"Of course we should act right now. First of all we should keep coming out to protest, second - we should appeal to European courts and declare a criminal take-over in the country, and the third - conduct agitation work, so the army of protesters would only increase."