Tuzla Protest in Montreal

Montreal, Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Montreal Ukrainians gathered in front of the Russian Federation General Consulate to voice their disapproval of Russian pretensions on Ukrainian territory. More than 30 demonstrators waved signs reading: "Russia respect Ukraine's borders!" - "Russie, respectez les fronti?res de l'Ukraine!"   These slogans were also chanted by the demonstrators together with: "Good neighbours respect borders" - "Les bons voisins respectent les fronti?res".  The UCC (Montreal Branch-Quebec Provincial Council) president V.Rev. Dr Ihor Kutash, read a press release prepared by the UCC National president Mr Eugene Czolij. Furthermore, historical and recent developments were related regarding Tuzla Island. The demonstration was conducted in Canada's two official languages.

The event, which transpired during the lunch hour today, ended with the singing of the national anthems of Canada and Ukraine. All relevant (French, English and Ukrainian) local media received press releases the evening before. Three covered the demonstration: Radio Canada International (Ukrainian Section -, Ukrainian Time (Radio CFMB - and (photos).

The request to organize this demonstration together with other cities was issued by the Ukrainian World Congress earlier this week. The protests were scheduled ahead of an October 30 meeting between the Foreign Ministers of Ukraine and the Russian Federation in Kyiv. Besides Montreal, demonstrations were held in the Ukrainian cities of Kyiv and Lviv, as well as in Washington DC, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Simon Kouklewsky,
Media Director
Ukrainian Canadian Congress
Montreal Branch/Quebec Provincial Council
Tel: (514) 593-1000
Fax: (514) 593-5963