The appetite and expectation for protest among Ukrainians has reached record highs, as we report on page 2. This is surely worrying news for President Viktor Yanukovych, who has seen his popularity plunge since taking over as president in 2010. As his ruling Party of Regions faces voters in the Oct. 28 parliamentary election, the expectation of big protests is surprisingly higher than ahead of the 2004 Orange Revolution, which stripped Yanukovych of a fraud-marred presidential election victory
Protests happen when people see that the government is not responding to their demands and see no other way to make changes.
Protests are the desperate cry of a neglected population tired of sitting in traffic jams while top officials fly past in convoys, of eking out a living while the president and his cronies live in luxury, of battling with tax inspectors and raiders who want to feast on the fruits of other people’s labor.