In the Ukraine, hundreds of citizens have been protesting because they are unhappy with their government.
When the protests started, there was numerous incidents of police brutality. One such attack was caught on camera:
In response to what they thought was excessive force, the protesters in the Ukraine now bring mirrors with them. They are doing this to literally force police to look at their own reflections and face what they have turned into.
Many Ukrainian citizens claim that cops in their country only protect the government — not citizens, communities, and children.
The mirrors and their symbolism have garnered international attention, and some believe it could be a new protest practice around the world.
Local Ukrainian activist Oleg Matseh started the trend by handing out mirrors to dozens of women who were protesting.
One protester, Kateryna Maksym, said, “It was tense at first; I was a little scared. But like with mirrors, you have to show positive energy to have it reflected… This was something nonviolent and productive.”
The reaction of Ukrainian policemen to the mirrors has been mixed; some smiled, some turned away, and others look embarrassed.
According to some reports, the Ukrainian government may soon ban the mirrors on the grounds that they are “potential weapons.”