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Ukrainian Journalist: "The people are not satisfied"

January 29th, 2014
04:33 PM ET

As the Ukrainian government backs-down with the repeal of the anti-protest law and the resignation of the Prime Minister, CNN's Diana Magnay spoke to Mustafa Nayem, a journalist and activist, about why the opposition are still not happy.

Nayem said that this law is too late. During the 12 days of protest, he says, five protesters died, more than 30 were arrested, and it seems to him like the government have "hostages", because they are telling the protesters to clear the streets if they want those people to be freed.

The aims of the protesters seem to have developed and altered in the last few months. Nayem says that this doesn't reflect inconsistency, but rather a growing awareness of what the Ukrainian government is capable of.

"I'm a journalist so as journalist first of all I want to know who is responsible for shooting on my colleagues." Though he says that brutal force was used against people, no one from the militia has been held guilty. "A lot of my colleagues they were crippled, injured on these protests, and no one is responsible for this."

Because of this, he says that the situation has shifted. "It's not about that what was two months ago. Now we know on what they are capable. They have this law, and it doesn't mean that they will not adopt it again."


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