Watch: George Clooney Backs Ukraine Protests

'We wish you the government that you want'

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American actor George Clooney took to YouTube on Monday in solidarity with demonstrators in Ukraine who have gathered en masse to oppose the government’s push toward Russia and away from the European Union.

“I wanted to send a message to all of you brave citizens of Ukraine, who are struggling to look forward and not back,” Clooney said. “We here in the United States have great affinity for those seeking democracy. We have learned through trial and error that true democracy cannot exist without a free and fair and honest election.”

Clooney said democracy in Ukraine was not possible when its government arrests and harms peaceful protesters, and when politicians like ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko are jailed because others disagree with their positions. “So let me just say this to all of you in the square in Kiev, or all around Ukraine,” Clooney said: “When you look to the West, know that we are looking back at you with great admiration. We wish you a peaceful and safe mission. We wish you the government that you want. And we wish you the strength to carry on. Good luck.”

The minute-long video was posted on the verified account of opposition leader Vitali Klitschko, the champion boxer and leader of the pro-West Udar party, and his brother Wladimir. Clooney, the two-time Academy Award-winning actor known for his roles in the Oceans franchise, Up in the Air and The Descendants, frequently steps into the humanitarian issues like the crisis in Darfur.

On Sunday, a week into the newest demonstrations, more than 500,000 people were estimated to have swarmed Kiev to protest against President Viktor Yanukovych’s refusal to sign a trade and association agreement with the E.U. These are the largest gatherings since the 2004 Orange Revolution.

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ukrainetoday
ukrainetoday

 Ukraine will never be a free independent state as long as it remains beholden to presidential rule.

If Ukraine truly wants to be a part of Europe it needs to adopt European models and embrace a full parliamentary system of governance as was the case with all other former soviet states.

Ukraine came close to this goal in 2004, 2006 and 2008 but was betrayed by the likes of Yushchenko

Proverbs "Where there is no counsel the people fall but in the multitude of counselors there is safety"

Lisa_from_Kiev
Lisa_from_Kiev

Hi, uncle George Clooney,
I'm a little girl from Ukraine. I have 9 years. I live in the Central area of the city of Kyiv. And Kiev is a capital of Ukraine. We now night. I am writing this letter to secretly, uncle George.
My mom says that in our time in our country cannot openly Express their opinion, so I won't tell you my name. But you can call me Lisa - is like Lisa Simpson, because I am very smart too.Uncle George, is so unusual that you supported the protests in the far-distant Ukraine! It is especially strange to me, because they are protesting right under my Windows. You supported the protests 1 000000 man, newly Ukraine has 46 000000 people. All other elected their President Yanukovych on democratic elections and not to protest. So I want to clarify your position in the Ukrainian question, uncle George. Tell me, please, what exactly do you support:

1. The overlap of the traffic in the Central streets of Kiev (the capital), which at us in shops and schools over food. So I died of hunger, my mom has to walk on the slippery ice streets down from our hill in the nearest functioning shop 3 km from the house. And then she purchases rises on the slippery streets 3 km back. So you better understood me, uncle George, I counted kilometers into meaningful units you and say: 3 km = 1,86 miles. Do you support?

2. I'm scared to go out, because we were under the house is always a lot of scary and bad guys. They eat, sleep and piss on the street, under our Windows. Night singing songs around the campfire. They attack the police. Once they even sat on the grader (bulldozer) and attacked by the riot of police, who were guarding our White House. Do you support? You would have to have done so with the White House, where President Barack Obama works?

3. These scaryguys constantly all break in our area. They even broke the statue of Lenin, which was a work of art of rare stones, and it was awardedattheexhibitionin New York in 1936.They blocked the barricades passages in our Congress, so the congressmen can get that job. Also they did, and with members of the government. They illegally occupied the city buildings (including the city hall). The court ordered the municipality to release, but the wicked will not go away, and put on the police. And the police are afraid to disband them, because they would be charged with cruelty. So I don't feel secure, police does not protect me. Do you support of it, uncle George?

4. The main requirement of scary guys is the resignation of Yanukovych as President. But the legal grounds for the resignation are not available. Yanukovych became President after legitimate, transparent and democratic elections. These recognized the elections as democratic, even USA, uncle George. Tell me, please, you support those silly illegal demands? If YES, then start this in your state. Under their Windows settle the demonstrators. And then I'll send you video message with words of support.

Your Ukrainian Lisa Simpson.


ClayDavis
ClayDavis

@Lisa_from_Kiev Quite clearly not written by a 9 year old girl from Ukraine. 


But anyway, the point about 1 million out of 46 million protesting, doesn't hold. The only comparison is that 1 million vs pro-government protestors, who are a massive minority.


So it's clear that the democratic wishes of the population (at least of Kyiv) aren't being heard. But as a 3rd party, I also agree (and clearly so does George Clooney) that backroom deals with the Putin regime are not in the interests of humanity or Ukranians.


Keep fighting guys, Russia, Belarus and Khazakstan union? Russia and Belarus are clearly dictatorships and humanity needs to fight those regimes. Good luck protestors of Kyiv