Protests in Ukraine and Bulgaria

This is sad to see. In Maidan (Independence Square) in Kyiv where Phin and I stayed just 4 months ago, violence has broken out. People are protesting the decision of Ukraine's president Viktor Yanukovych to suspend negotiations with the European Union for closer integration. The people are not happy that the president gave in to pressure from Vladimir Putin in Russia. The Economist reported on it.

In contrast, the protests that have been going on here in Bulgaria since summer have so far been mostly peaceful after initial police violence, and since then show a remarkable understanding between police and protesters. This report by a Bulgarian blogger living in Canada is informative, as is this one by a Bulgarian economist living in Germany.

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