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Peaceful Protester Arrested and Banned from Harvard Campus because of Support of Ukraine

16 May 2014 4:18 PM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

Peaceful Protester Arrested and Banned from Harvard Campus

because of Support of Ukraine



Dmitry Smelansky

E-mail: musicloversagainstaggression@gmail.com

Phone: 617-538-2272

Boston Boycotts Spivakov - Artist Who Supports Putin's War Against Ukraine!

Cambridge, Massachusetts, May 11, 2014 About fifty people gathered outside Sanders Theatre to protest the Russian violinist and conductor Vladimir Spivakov because of his support of Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine (first occupation of Crimea, Ukraine and the actions supported by Russia in Eastern Ukraine). Protesters distributed leaflets and flowers. 

Later the protesters learned that an incident took place at the end of the concert when an activist and Harvard graduate Roman Torgovitsky came to the stage, thanked the maestro and asked him about his political position. Harvard police arrested the protester and he is now banned from campus.

The group also learned that organizers have instructed ushers and police to TAKE AWAY YELLOW

AND BLUEFLOWERS (colors of Ukraine) from the members of the audience –– a rather disturbing move which turned Spivakov’s concert into an anti-Ukrainian event. This also appears to be a violation of the 1st Amendment Right of the United States Constitution and should not be tolerated in a free democratic country of United States of America.  Torgovitsky’s arrest report also shows that Harvard University Police took away the concert-goers’ blue and yellow flowers.

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The story told by Mr. Trogovitsky: http://euromaidanpr.com/2014/05/15/man-arrested-during-spivakov-protest-at-harvard-gives-his-account-of-events/

Video of the arrest (inside): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPtvPo3tnww

Video of the picket (outside): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oy6YxCzLcBA&feature=youtu.be

All details of the event that took place and at which Mr. Torgovitsky was arrested are on Facebook at the following address: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MusicLoversAgainstAggression/

What:     The protest against musicians who support Putin's aggression against Ukraine and annexation of Crimea, Ukraine into Russia. Maestro Spivakov signed an open letter in support of Putin's aggression against Ukraine.  

Who:      U.S. citizens and residents, including members of a loosely organized protest group entitled “MusicLoversAgainstAggression”

When:   Saturday, May 11, 2014, starting at 6:00 p.m.

Where:  Picket took place near the Sanders Theatre, Harvard University

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