Ukrainian dissident urges Dutchmen to support Association Agreement
Famous psychiatrist and former political prisoner Semen Gluzman released respective statement on February 16
Renowned psychiatrist and dissident Semen Gluzman turned to the Dutch people asking them to vote for ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement by the Dutch government. His statement was published at Facebook by Robert van Voren, Dutch human rights activist, Chief Executive at the FGIP (Federation Global Initiative on Psychiatry).
“When I was 25, I found myself in the KGB jail. Back then, in 1972, a Soviet judge called me an extremely dangerous state prisoner and sent me to strict-security camp; besides, I got three years of exile in Syberia. My only fault was that I wanted freedom of speech in my country”, Gluzman wrote.
“In the independent Ukraine, I finally got what I dreamed of. Freedom of speech is real here; my country, gradually and sometimes through the pain, becomes a European state. There’s a war going on in my country. Russian dictator Putin definitely doesn’t want us, Ukrainians, to live like Europeans do. To him, former officer of the KGB, freedom of speech is a dangerous infection. Today, Russia lives in fear, as dissidents are still persecuted and punished”, reads the statement.
“It became quite usual for us to protect the miracle of freedom of speech, freedom of thought, freedom of doubt… We are fluent in Ukrainian and Russian languages, and we are free to choose any religious confession or not to go to church at all. We are a free nation. And we want to adopt the European values that you, the Dutch people, possess upon the birth. Our dream is to become full-fledged European nation. Help us and vote for us at the upcoming referendum!”, Gluzman concluded.
Previously, the Dutch Election Council assigned the referendum on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement on April 6, 2016. As is known, during the referendum, the Dutch citizens are expected to support or refute the ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement by the government.
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