In case you missed it over the weekend, Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych offered a series of political concessions to opposition forces that have been protesting in Kiev and now around the country. The opposition promptly rejected this offer… on Twitter!
Correct me if I’m wrong, but this has to be one of the first (the first?) time an opposition leader in high level political negotiations responded to an offer from the country’s head of state with an “@” post on Twitter? And yes, @ua_yanukovych is the twitter account of the Ukrainian president.
Although it is worth noting the language of this tweet: English. As we and others have argued, social media can be used during protests to target multiple audiences, including both domestic supporters and international observers. Opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk – who had been offered the position of prime minister in the deal – most liked posted this in English because he had a worldwide, and not just Ukrainian, audience in mind. And sure enough, the tweet was reported on in international media, with the exact language being quoted.
For more from The Monkey Cage on the protests in Ukraine, see: