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You're reading: Oksana Bashuk Hepburn: Winning at revolutions

One of
the first things one learns in political science is that power is rarely given;
it must be taken.  It surprises that the
magnificent EuroMaidan on the streets of Kyiv and other cities around Ukraine has
not done that yet.

Many ask:
what are they waiting for?

The
people are demonstrating tremendous stamina in their relentless demand for a regime
change that has ruled for its own interests not the wellbeing of the people. This
outpouring of anti-government anger has been a long time coming.  President Viktor Yanukovych has merely
13%support but the straw that broke the camel’s back was his refusal to sign
the European Union’s Association Agreement. 
For nearly two weeks now the demonstrations have been growing: over a
million turned out last Sunday. 

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