MAIDAN: YOUNG, EDUCATED, DETERMINED

The protesters, who are now in the Maidan, were surveyed for their beliefs and motives, as well as for their profile (age, educational background, etc.) 70% of them said they went to the Maidan because they were indignant over the cruelty of the riot police that had beaten the protesting students a week before. 53% were here because the President stopped the process of euro-integration. Half of the protesters said they considered their action to be a way of changing life in the country.

The participants are rather determined as regards their goals: 74% said they would leave the Maidan only after all their demands are met (signing the Association Agreement with the EU, resignation of the President and the Cabinet of Ministers, setting free the protesters who have been imprisoned, stopping the reprisals). The others said they would be satisfied even if only major demands were fulfilled. Half of the participants are Kyivans, the other half came from other regions of  Ukraine. 92% of those who arrived in Kyiv to protest say that they came at their own expense. The average age of the participants is 36 years old. 38% are younger than 30, and 13% are older than 55.

More than half of the Maidan participants (64%) graduated from universities. 12% are students, 7% are workers.

More than 50% use Ukrainian in their families, 27% communicate in Russian. The other part speak both Ukrainian and Russian in their households.

2013-12-10Splitting off souvenirsHere’s a sketch from the place where the monument to Vladimir Lenin was standing only a couple of days age. On the pedestal the red-and-black flag of the Ukrainian Rebellion Army and the blue flag of the European Union are fluttering. Under them there is a blue- and-yellow sign saying “Ukrainians, you’re the best!” and some red candles that are traditionally used to commemorate the victims of the Holodomor.The beheaded granite body of the communist “Fuhrer” on the asphalt is surrounded by a dozen people. A pensioner with a hammer and chisel in his frozen hands is trying in vain to split a piece from the monument for a souvenir. A young resident of Lviv gives him directions, and then, losing patience, says, “Give the instrument to me. I’ll try – once I worked with stone.” He takes a chisel and after five minutes of hard work (“The chisel is blunt!”) he smiles happily showing a chipped piece of granite.

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One Response to “MAIDAN: YOUNG, EDUCATED, DETERMINED”

  1. Christina Says:

    Great perspective! Did you do this research yourself? Thanks for sharing.

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