Felicity is a 23-year-old artist and she is homeless. It was a combination of her sincerity, two dozen multicolored tents and the spirit of a mini-revolution that endeared me to the whole gathering and evoked memories of the 2004 Orange Revolution in Ukraine. Its seventh anniversary is just around the corner and if November tantalizes taste buds with Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S., in Ukraine, this month is associated with freezing crowds dressed in orange on Independence Square.
Felicity gave me a tour of the campgrounds and I could not help comparing the American protest with its Ukrainian older sibling. About 100 protesters who stayed in the tents were homeless, she said; sitting in camping chairs with wood chips and hey spread on the pavement, they left an impression of a traveling circus. There was nothing funny about their cause though, although many have struggled to explain it.
“We want them to take notice of us,” said Felicity referring to the government. “We want them to separate money from politics, create jobs and stop serving the wealthy. People have gotten so overwhelmed with things, you know, like all these cars, clothes, computers,” she said throwing her hands in the air emotionally.