minister’s message quickly turns dark and ominous: “Don’t violate public order.
Remember your parents and loved ones who always worry about you. Be careful and
vigilant! Take care of yourself! You have a great life ahead of you and you need
to choose its direction and movement…”
It’s as if he
took every Soviet-era cautionary warning he’s ever heard and threw them all out
there to see what stuck.
The impetus for
Tabachnyk’s statement is the mass mobilization of students from key
universities across Ukraine, notably in Kyiv and Lviv. An anecdotal story
making the rounds on social media has a student telling a professor, “We really
love your lectures, but we have to join the protests.” The professor replies,
“I’ll see you on the streets.”