Opposition leader Oleksandr Vilkul opposed the new law on language (No. 5670-d), pushed by the authorities through parliament, which splits society and prohibits the use of other languages besides Ukrainian, except everyday life.
“The authorities ran out of monuments. Monuments to Suvorov, Lenin, Zhukov were demolished in the country. The question has arisen: how is it possible to continue splitting the society? Therefore, the authorities have undertaken the draft law on language. With its help, they hope to be on pedestals, from which they have thrown others,” Oleksandr Vilkul stated at the Conciliation Board of factions and groups of the Verkhovna Rada on Monday, March 11.
At the same time, the opposition leader warned that the authorities had learned to provoke conflict situations well, but could not manage them. This was shown by the events in Cherkasy, when the President was forced to flee from the radicals.
Vilkul stressed that the speaker of parliament Andriy Parubiy contributes to the adoption of the discriminatory law on language in the style of German politics in the 30s of the twentieth century.
“Europe is forced to communicate with you, not because it respects, but because you are currently holding an official position in the country,” Vilkul told the speaker. The opposition leader recalled that in the original version of the resolution of the European Parliament of October 25, 2018, on the growth of neo-fascist violence in Europe, the name of Andriy Parubiy was mentioned. As proof, Vilkul demonstrated this document from the official website of the European Parliament.
Oleksandr Vilkul noted that the name Parubiy had been removed from the final version of the resolution solely in order not to be faced with the need of severance of diplomatic relations with Ukraine.
“But quite a bit of time will pass and, believe me, Europe will return to the topic of those who initiated language cleansing in Ukraine, who is turning the country in the center of Europe into Germany in the 1930s and admires its leader Adolf Hitler. Your name, Mr. Parubiy, and the name of the Minister of Culture Nyshchuk, who also divided Ukrainians into “right” and “wrong”, will appear not only in international resolutions, but also in decisions of Ukrainian and international courts,” Vilkul stated.
“This week I will appeal to all ambassadors of European states and MEPs, to the leadership of the neighboring countries – Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia with a request to give the maximum possible diplomatic assessment of the linguistic initiatives of the authorities and the draft law that they want to push through the parliament,” Vilkul emphasized.
The opposition leader required the immediate lifting of the draft law on language from consideration in the session hall. He urged the parliament to start working on the draft laws that the OPPOSITION BLOC filed and which millions of Ukrainians are really waiting for: about peace, about lifting the blockade of the Donbas, about supporting industry, economically reasonable reduction of tariffs and prices, protecting the rights of IDPs, Chernobyl victims, “Afghans” and others categories of Ukrainian citizens in need of protection.Reference: By the decision of the Venice Commission of December 11, 2017, the language norms of the law on education, which are included in the draft law on language No. 5670-d, Europe criticized and recommended revising.