Euromaidan Canada’s Unity March in Toronto

On Sunday August 17, 2014 at 3:00 pm a crowd of about 250 people began to march around Lake Ontario in Toronto. This Unity March was organized by Euromaidan Canada and was an initiative that was based on Ruslana Lyzhychko’s idea to have marches in several Ukrainian cities and in other countries as well.
People clad in Ukraine’s national flag and the flag of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army marched from Humber Bay Park to Sunnyside Park and back. The crowd included the young, the old and everyone in between (including very patriotic dogs with blue and yellow ribbons tied to them).
The march felt more like a family outing than a political rally and that was what the organizers wanted: to show unity with the people of Ukraine and with the fallen heroes of the war in Eastern Ukraine. The marchers demanded the withdrawal of Russian military personnel and equipment from Ukraine and an end to the war. Along the way they chanted Ukrainian patriotic slogans and didn’t mind informing those who asked why they were marching.
In one instance, a conversation was overheard between a Ukrainian marcher and a spectator in which the spectator was surprised that “there were people dying in Ukraine”. Other comments that were overheard however, were more positive and included: “well it’s a proud thing to have them out supporting their country.”
It is for this reason that this march and other protests like it are important: to remind non-Ukrainians about the events in Ukraine. Even though the Ukrainian crisis has been in the news for months, many people in Canada still do not know the whole truth of what is occurring on the ground. Many are unaware while others listen to anti-Ukrainian media and get half-truths and simplifications.
As the media release for this event indicated: Remember, the TRUTH is on our side and we will WIN! We will do this by supporting Ukraine, even though we are thousands of kilometers away.IMG_2989 IMG_3119 IMG_3118 IMG_3117 IMG_3116 IMG_3115 IMG_3114 IMG_3113 IMG_3111 IMG_3110 IMG_3109 IMG_3108 IMG_3106 IMG_3105 IMG_3104 IMG_3101 IMG_3100 IMG_3098 IMG_3097 IMG_3096 IMG_3093 IMG_3090 IMG_3089 IMG_3088 IMG_3087 IMG_3086 IMG_3085 IMG_3084 IMG_3083 IMG_3082 IMG_3081 IMG_3080 IMG_3079 IMG_3076 IMG_3074 IMG_3073 IMG_3072 IMG_3071 IMG_3070 IMG_3069 IMG_3068 IMG_3067 IMG_3066 IMG_3064 IMG_3063 IMG_3062 IMG_3061 IMG_3059 IMG_3058 IMG_3054 IMG_3053 IMG_3052 IMG_3051 IMG_3050 IMG_3049 IMG_3048 IMG_3046 IMG_3045 IMG_3043 IMG_3040 IMG_3039 IMG_3038 IMG_3037 IMG_3036 IMG_3035 IMG_3034 IMG_3032 IMG_3030 IMG_3029 IMG_3028 IMG_3027 IMG_3026 IMG_3025 IMG_3024 IMG_3023 IMG_3018 IMG_3017 IMG_3016 IMG_3015 IMG_3014 IMG_3013 IMG_3012 IMG_3011 IMG_3010 IMG_3009 IMG_3008 IMG_3006 IMG_3004 IMG_3001 IMG_2999 IMG_2998 IMG_2995 IMG_2994 IMG_2993 IMG_2990 IMG_3120IMG_2989 IMG_3119 IMG_3118 IMG_3117 IMG_3116 IMG_3115 IMG_3114 IMG_3113 IMG_3111 IMG_3110 IMG_3109 IMG_3108 IMG_3106 IMG_3105 IMG_3104 IMG_3101 IMG_3100 IMG_3098 IMG_3097 IMG_3096 IMG_3093 IMG_3090 IMG_3089 IMG_3088 IMG_3087 IMG_3086 IMG_3085 IMG_3084 IMG_3083 IMG_3082 IMG_3081 IMG_3080 IMG_3079 IMG_3076 IMG_3074 IMG_3073 IMG_3072 IMG_3071 IMG_3070 IMG_3069 IMG_3068 IMG_3067 IMG_3066 IMG_3064 IMG_3063 IMG_3062 IMG_3061 IMG_3059 IMG_3058 IMG_3054 IMG_3053 IMG_3052 IMG_3051 IMG_3050 IMG_3049 IMG_3048 IMG_3046 IMG_3045 IMG_3043 IMG_3040 IMG_3039 IMG_3038 IMG_3037 IMG_3036 IMG_3035 IMG_3034 IMG_3032 IMG_3030 IMG_3029 IMG_3028 IMG_3027 IMG_3026 IMG_3025 IMG_3024 IMG_3023 IMG_3018 IMG_3017 IMG_3016 IMG_3015 IMG_3014 IMG_3013 IMG_3012 IMG_3011 IMG_3010 IMG_3009 IMG_3008 IMG_3006 IMG_3004 IMG_3001 IMG_2999 IMG_2998 IMG_2995 IMG_2994 IMG_2993 IMG_2990 IMG_3120

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