An online video campaign has been launched in aid of the anti-government protests in Ukraine’s capital Kiev.
‘I Am a Ukrainian’, which hit YouTube on February 10, depicts a young woman telling the story of the protests against a “corrupt government” in Ukraine, which follow President Yanukovych’s decision to reject a trade deal with the European Union (EU) in November last year.
The video, which so far has been seen by more than 500,000 users, explains in words and images the social and political situation in the country. She asks the viewers to share her message and show support for people of Ukraine “in their fight for freedom and democracy”.
“We want to be free from politicians who work only for themselves, who are ready to shoot, to beat, to injure people just for saving their money, just for saving their houses, just to saving their power.
“I want these people who are here to have dignity, who are brave, I want them to live a normal life. We are civilised people but our government are barbarians.”
“We have this freedom inside our hearts, we have this freedom in our minds, and now I ask you build this freedom in our country.
“Speak to your friends. Speak to your family. Speak to your government and show that you support us.”
Recently, thousands of pro-EU, anti-government protesters clashed again with the police in Kiev’s Independence Square, causing the death of 25 people, including seven policemen. This was the worst day of violence since the protests began three months ago.
Speaking to the Huffington Post, the creator of ‘I Am a Ukrainian’, Ben Moses, who visited Ukraine to prepare a film on democracy, explained what inspired him to produce this video.
“Meeting the people in the protests – many families with children – and hearing their stories propelled me to try and do something to spread the word about what their issues really are,” he said.
“This young woman personifies the vast majority of the people on the streets in the country, and speaks to the heart of the protest.
The vast 99% are not thugs or neo-Nazis, they are ordinary citizens who have simply had enough.”