February 4, 2004. Demonstration of writers and publishers in front of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine building: Shashlyk for the prime-minister made on a bonfire of unpublished manuscripts.
“There are diseases which develop unnoticed until one day the patient’s nose collapses, and everybody can see that things are really bad. The introduction of the new book taxation law stands for the collapsed nose of the Ukrainian authorities. The diagnosis has now become more than obvious: we live in an essentially anti-cultural state”.
“It is high time for our politicians to understand that independent cultural politics makes in any civilized nation for the same indispensable attribute of national sovereignty as do the army, borders, the banking system, customs, and, excuse my Latin, the tax service”.
(From Oksana Zabuzhko’s speech)
September, 15, 2005. UNIAN. Press-conference of Representatives of the Country’s Artistic and Intellectual Community: Appeal to the President of Ukraine for the creation of a Public Council on the Arts and Humanities (open for signing).
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