Rally in support of Ukrainian language held near Verkhovna Rada

Source : 112 Ukraine

Protesters oppose the adoption of law №2362, which suggests postponing the transition of schoolchildren to the Ukrainian language
15:12, 16 July 2020

Protests in support of the Ukrainian language were held in Kyiv, Lviv

Today, on July 16, activists gathered in Kyiv and Lviv in order to support Ukrainian language and stand against bill №2362, which amends the legislation on language aspects of teaching in educational institutions. This was reported by Radio Svoboda.

The document, which was submitted to the parliament by Servant of the People MP Maksym Buzhansky, suggests postponing the transition of schoolchildren who are currently studying in Russian to the Ukrainian language. The bill also abolishes the rule that at least 80% of the educational process must be in Ukrainian.

A language rally was also held in Lviv with the slogan "Let's protect the Ukrainian language." It was held by representatives of various political forces, who came with party symbols, public activists, and those who simply care about the Ukrainian language.

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"I am very pleased that yesterday and today citizens went out to protest against the red lines set by the current president and the ruling party. Lviv also supported it, and people believe that it is impossible to cross the line of language that determines the existence of the state," public activist Sviatoslav Litynskyi stated. 

As we reported earlier, Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine is not going to consider Servant of the People MP Maksym Buzhansky's version of the bill № 2362 "On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts Concerning Teaching in the State Language in Educational Institutions" at today’s session.

Related: Stumbling language: Will parliament give chance to MP Buzhansky's bill?

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