The Glorious Beginning of the Orange Revolution

As documented on this site recently, the former Soviet bloc was host to a great many courageous acts in defiance of evil. Now comes the story of another great and courageous act.

In the Ukrainian elections of last November, the official government media were the only outlets with any news of the results. As they reported fraudulent results, sign language interpreter Natalia Dmytruk told the true story to Ukraine's deaf. The word slowly spread from there, and before long the Orange Revolution had deposed the Russian-backed leader Viktor Yanukovych and replaced him with Viktor Yushchenko.

After tying an orange ribbon to her wrist, she signed:

I am addressing everybody who is deaf in the Ukraine. Our president is Victor Yushchenko. Do not trust the results of the central election committee. They are all lies. . . . And I am very ashamed to translate such lies to you. Maybe you will see me again --

Her courage and integrity leave me on the brink of tears.

Natalia Dmytruk, I salute you.

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