Statement of demands from language law protesters
The protesters who declared hunger strike outside Ukrainsky Dim [Ukraine House] in Kyiv following the blitzkrieg move in parliament on Tuesday, supposedly passing the contentious Law on the Principles of State Language Policy have put forward their demands.
“We, the members of a hunger strike protest against the adoption of an anti-Ukrainian and anti-State draft law on language who have come to Ukrainsky Dim solely at the call of our own hearts and in keeping with our civic convictions,
1 From President Yanukovych
that he publicly states that he will not sign the draft bill on the principles of State language policy which they are trying to palm off as an already passed law in the conditions which have now developed; that he orders the deputy factions and individual MPs subordinate to him to stop any further actions aimed at pushing the draft Law on the Principles of State Language Policy; to stop manipulating the language and other issues which threaten to divide the country on the eve of the elections;
2, From the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, Volodymyr Lytvyn
that he does not sign this anti-Ukrainian draft law
3. From the National Deputies [MPs]
that they agree to the resignations of Volodymyr Lytvyn and Deputy Speaker Mykola Tomenko and that Adam Martynyuk is dismissed from his post as First Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada;
that their votes for the draft law are withdrawn.
4. From the leaders of political parties regardless of their stated pre-election orientation:
that they stop attempts degrading civil society to gain political and election capital by smarmying up to civic protest in defence of the Ukrainian language. Your words and deeds should be in parliament, now it is we who are acting.
5. From the Committee on Regulations and Deputy Ethics
a decision to not recognize the results of the consideration of Draft Law No. 9073 “On the Principles of State Language Policy” from 3 July 2012.
If our constitutional demands are not met, we reserve the right to defend the Ukrainian language as the mainstay of the Ukrainian State and Ukrainian people through all means we deem necessary.