than two months ago, the average protester looked a bit different: he
or she likely hailed from western or central Ukraine, with less
radical demands and would even have been satisfied with the
resignation of the government. Victory then could have come without
the resignation of the president.
portraits were given by Ukrainian
sociologist and political analyst Iryna Bekeshkina during a
presentation of new research conducted by Democratic Initiatives on
the evolution of the EuroMaidan movement. The research was done in
three phases on Dec. 7 and 8 (Maidan-demonstration), Dec. 20 (Maidan-camp) and Feb. 3 (Maidan-sich). The latter focused on
502 protesters who have consistently stayed at the EuroMaidan tent
camp on Independence Square. The studies on Dec. 7,8 and 20 surveyed
1,037 and 515 protesters, respectively.
Yamchanka is a EuroMaidan
activists and a near spitting image of the study’s typical
protester. Lviv born, he is 33 years old, a doctor and a scientist.
He says he is not going to leave the protests any time soon. In the
beginning, it was enough for him that the government and Yanukovych
resign. But now, he says, he and those on Maidan “want to change
the whole existing system.”