12 July, 2013 17:10 ▪
The number of protests has grown 60% since Yanukovych came to power
Protests had different reasons but one thing they had in common was apolitical nature in the beginning and gradual politization. Most protests were local in terms of territory or social groups whose interests were violated.
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“The rest of the population were sympathetic about these rallies but were not ready to support “someone else’s” interests actively,” the article writes. “This allowed the government to suppress protest sentiments that many Ukrainians share, as the latest sociological surveys suggest, albeit in a very fragmented form. This is unlike, say, Bulgaria, Turkey, Brazil of Egypt where hundreds of thousands of protesters had no more reasons to rise than Ukrainians do.”
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