Declaration by the Ukrainian Catholic University of Civil Disobedience

by the Ukrainian Catholic University
of Civil Disobedience

Last night in Kyiv human blood was spilled again. Brutal invaders again attacked peaceful demonstrators. Human Rights Day turned into the Day of Cruelty Against Peaceful People.

President Yanukovych has not learned anything. No one has persuaded him and nothing has stopped him. He and his government are choking in their own impunity and ostensible power. Even the scant opportunity for dialogue that the people gave him was trampled on.

This terrible night of Euromaidan, if not for the heroic opposition of the demonstrators, would have been in line with St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre and the Night of Broken Glass. After this night, to follow the orders of the government would be contrary to human conscience. When from the Maidan dozens of innocent people, beaten, were taken in police vans to an unknown destination, President Yanukovych stopped being the President of Ukraine and his cronies, the government of our country.

The community of the Ukrainian Catholic University calls for civil disobedience against the president and his government and, together with the Euromaidan and – we believe – all the Ukrainian people, seeks the immediate resignation of the current government, the formation of an interim government, and the declaration of early elections for all governmental bodies.

We urge all universities in Ukraine to make this only possible decision.

We urge the international community not only in words but in deeds to support the Ukrainian people.

We bow our heads in deep respect to the defenders of Euromaidan. You defended the dignity and honor of Ukraine. Thank you!

And together with the bishops of the Synod of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, “we pray to the Almighty for peace, unity, justice, and victory of truth in our nation.

“In the midst of these trials let the words of Jesus Christ, which were heard in all our churches on Sunday, support us: ‘Fear not, only believe, and she shall be saved’ (Luke 8:50).”

Adopted at a UCU general assembly
December 11, 2013