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You're reading: Askold S. Lozynskyj: A revolution of dignity

The revolution was named EuroMaidan, but that term captured its essence only until the night of Nov. 30 into
Dec. 1.

That night Ukraine’s regime ordered its special police unit
(“Berkut”) to disperse the protestors, 
attacking and beating them with rubber and plastic night sticks. Many of
the student protesters were severely injured, one died and several were
arrested.

At the end, the size of the crowd prevailed and the Euro protest was
transformed into the Euro revolution. Its demands now included criminal
prosecution of those who ordered the attack, the dismissal of the Cabinet of
Ministers and  the resignation of
Ukraine’s current president with a democratic election and referendum to
follow. Signing an EU association agreement was no longer the ultimate goal.
There would be further attempts by special police units to disperse the
“Euromaidan”, but in each instance the people prevailed. 

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