WorldViews: Why some Ukrainian protesters are wearing kitchen colanders

By Caitlin Dewey, January 22, 2014

If you see photos of Ukrainian protesters with colanders on their heads, don’t laugh -- the phenomenon, absurd as it seems, is actually another part of Ukraine’s growing unrest.

On Friday, the government passed a set of laws meant to muzzle protesters. They included, among other things, provisions that allow the government to ban citizens from the Internet and to prohibit different types of speech. As The Washington Post’s Will Englund reported late last week, one of the laws also forbids people from wearing helmets at protests -- a dangerous proposition, given the reports of violence coming out of Kiev today. Some protesters and reporters have responded by wearing colanders on their heads as they camp out in Kiev’s Independence Square.

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