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The Orange Revolution's Unsung Hero: Sign Language Interpreter.

Amazing story, centering around television sign language interpreter Natalia Dmytruk, of Ukraine:

On Nov. 25, she walked into her studio for the 11 a.m. broadcast. "I was sure I would tell people the truth that day," she said. "I just felt this was the moment to do it."

Under her long silk sleeve, she had tied an orange ribbon to her wrist, the color of the opposition and a powerful symbol in what would become known as the Orange Revolution. She knew that when she raised her arm, the ribbon would show.

The newscaster was reading the officially scripted text about the results of the election, and Dmytruk was signing along. But then, "I was not listening anymore," she said.

In her own daring protest, she signed: "I am addressing everybody who is deaf in the Ukraine. Our president is Victor Yushchenko. Do not trust the results of the central election committee. They are all lies. . . . And I am very ashamed to translate such lies to you. Maybe you will see me again -- " she concluded, hinting at what fate might await her. She then continued signing the rest of officially scripted news.

"My legs became so heavy. I was terribly scared," she said.

Dmytruk's live silent signal helped spread the news, and more people began spilling into the streets to contest the vote. She returned to work to give the 3 p.m. news, but was not admonished by her superiors. When she finished, she went into the technicians' studio and told them what she had done. They hugged her all at once. "You are terrific, Natalia," she said they told her.

She showed up for work the next day, and still her manager did not utter a word about what she had done.

Slowly, she became confident that she had won. A rerun of the runoff was scheduled for December, and this time, Yushchenko was declared the winner.

Bravo to her and all those she will inspire in other countries struggling to overcome tyranny.

Joining the traffic jam.

Posted by Will Franklin · 4 May 2005 12:49 AM

Comments

What an amazing story!...That takes alot of courage! That really is wonderful!...Thanks WILLisms.com once again for a lovely story!...

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at May 4, 2005 08:33 PM