But mixed into this fury is also a tribal element. For some, “European values” also means “white and Christian” values. I haven’t encountered this attitude as often as I have the political and economic arguments, but it is certainly present—especially among the diehard protesters camped out on Independence Square. “Ukraine is European,” said Iryna, a 40-something protester from Kiev, who was warming herself with other demonstrators around a barrel filled with burning kindling. “We have the same history, the same religion, the same natsiya” (roughly translated as “race”).
“But what about Europe’s Muslim population?” I asked. “Aren’t they Europeans?”.
“No, they’re chuzhiye (alien, or other),” said Konstantin, a man standing next to Iryna who had come to Kiev from Ivano-Frankivsk in western Ukraine.
These sentiments speak to the prominent role that the far-right has played in Ukraine’s demonstrations. The ultra-nationalist Svoboda (Freedom) party is a member of the “united opposition” triumvirate, along with heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko’s Udar (Punch) party and the Batkivshchina (Fatherland) party of former parliamentary speaker Arseniy Yatsenyuk (and the jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko).
"Today in dense neighborhoods of American cities, we are grappling with the same problems. The differences? Cars are bigger and faster and more numerous. Streets are wider. And our social interactions with our neighbors have been eroded, so banding together can be more difficult.
Still, it’s happening. In New York, where five children were killed by drivers in just five weeks this fall, community pressure for better streets, tougher traffic laws, and stricter enforcement is building.
If you doubt that the actions of a few ordinary people can change anything as entrenched as our bias towards automotive traffic, watch this film. If these children could do it, why can’t we?”
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Thousands of people protested in Tokyo against a bill that would see whistleblowing civil servants jailed for up to 10 years. Activists claim the law would help the government to cover up scandals, and damage the country’s constitution and democracy.
A 3,000-seat outdoor theater in a park in downtown Tokyo, near the parliament, was not enough to contain everyone who came on Thursday to denounce government plans to considerably broaden the definition of classified information.
According to organizers’ estimates, about 10,000 people crowded shoulder-to-shoulder in the isles of the theater and outside of it, holding banners that read: “Don’t take away our freedom.”
A group of about 100 antinuclar protesters on Saturday blocked a road outside the front gate of the Oi nuclear plant in western Japan, ahead of the planned reactivation of a reactor there on Sunday.
The protesters, part of 650 people who took part in a rally against the reactivation, sought to block the entrance to the plant in Fukui Prefecture with more than a dozen vehicles in an attempt to prevent workers from entering the facility.
The group is set to remain at the site until Sunday night when the process of reactivating the No.3 reactor is scheduled to begin. The plant operator, Kansai Electric Co., said the protest will not affect the reactivation process.
[Antinuclear protesters block road to Oi plant ahead of restart - Kyodo News]
At the entrance of the Oiigenpatsu are 5000 people gathered outside Oi nuclear plant entrance since yesterday evening more than 5,000 people gathered from all over the country have prevented me from running again all night long yesterday.
[Oi Nuclear Plant Occupied By Protesters | SimplyInfo]
NYTimes.com: In Tokyo, Thousands Protest the Restarting of a Nuclear Power Plant