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A huge selection of women take stand against Russia in silent protest downtown

A huge selection of women dressed up in white stood hand-in-hand, tape placed across their mouths showing solidarity for Ukraine. Marching from Water Tower Spot to Millennium Park on Sunday, the group spoke no words, but their message was clear.

This protest is asking American people, asking the federal government, asking President Biden to designate Russia as a terrorist state, said Liliia Popovych, among the protest organizers. I’m calling this terrorism since when youre bombing a retail center, when youre bombing children sleeping within their PJs within their bedroom, its not just a war.

Popovych, who immigrated from Ukraine, has lived in america for 11 years and said she actually is one of a huge selection of women who joined the protest who’ve a relative or friend who lives in Ukraine.

Women dressed up in white hold hands while watching Water Tower as supporters of Ukraine protest Russias military action before a silent march on Aug. 7, 2022, along Michigan Avenue. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

Each day its very difficult to obtain sleep as you want to ensure that your cherished one is awake tomorrow, Popovych said. My pal isn’t alive anymore, but Im so proud because he died for the freedom of Ukraine.

Each protester held an indicator across her chest; many had exactly the same message scribbled on a poster board.

Tetaina Baidin organized one of the most popular posters:

I would like to let you know more about Russian terrorism but that is sensitive content for social media marketing.

Our women and kids are dying, Baidin said. We have been here today in order that all the world knows that Russia is really a terrorist state.

Women dressed up in white hold hands while watching Water Tower as supporters of Ukraine protest Russias military action before a silent march on Aug. 7, 2022, along Michigan Avenue. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

Popovych said a few of the events happening in Ukraine are increasingly being blocked from public viewing, that was the inspiration for the silent protest.

By the end of the protest, all the women stood together and peeled the tape off their mouths to sing the U.S. and Ukrainian national anthems before parting ways.

Help Ukraine save the planet, help us have more weapons, and prevent evil now could be the primary message, Popovych said. Evil that’s not stopped just gets stronger.

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