Singing like a caged bird

Friday, November 26, 2004

News From Ukraine


T. in Kiev emailed the following on Friday Nov. 26:

"today I was on our main square, where all people now. It was so exciting! People are extremely polite, helpful to each other. Many people bring food, warm clothes; ask what they can bring more.
I have never seen anything like this in my life before.
I do hope they will come to peaceful conclusion. "


From Neeka's BackLog comes a great account that I must label as "Truth is Deafening":

"On Channel 1 (UT-1), the main state channel, 237 journalists are on strike now. Today, during the 11 am newscast with live translation into the Sign Language, the translator, Natalya Dmytruk, did not translate what the host was saying about the election results, but said (in Sign Language) the following (quote via Ukrainska Pravda):

"The results from the Central Election Commission have been falsified. Do not believe them. Our President is Yushchenko. I am very disgusted that I was forced to translate the lies until now. I'm not going to do it anymore. I'm not sure if I'll see you again."

The program Dmytruk was translating into Sign Language for is the only news program in Ukraine adapted for people with hearing impairments. The audience is about 100,000 people. Dmytruk has now joined her 237 striking colleagues."


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