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Wednesday, November 24, 2004


Ukraine Elections

You Have To See It To Believe It

On Sunday Ukraine had its second round vote for President. The top two contenders from the first round are voted for. Yanakovich, the incumbent Prime Minister has been officially declared the winner. He has been in jail for assault and rape. The election has almost without a shadow of a doubt been rigged in his favour with 100s of false ballot papers premarked for Him. The opposition candidate, Yushenko has a huge following and 1000s of them have flocked to Kyiv in opposition to the unfairness of this election.
Today I walked down Kreshatik, the main street in Kyiv and the whole street is closed to traffic and 1000s of tents are set up with little booths and loud speakers and rallying points all over the place. The temperature had warmed up to a cool 0 degrees celsius but the spirits of the people are high and many want to stay there til they see justice done. I was just sorry that I didn't have my camera with me. It was a sight to behold.
But more than just a sight, from a political point of view it would not be an understatement to say this country is in a crisis and there are already reports of brutality and bloodshed.
I hope to get down town again tomorrow and take some pictures.
Please pray for Ukraine's government.
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