Ukraine Protests: Tens Of Thousands Hit The Streets Of Kiev

Irish Independent

January 19, 2014

UP to 100,000 Ukrainians massed in the capital Kiev today in defiance of sweeping new laws aimed at stamping out anti-government protests.

The rally, the biggest this year in a cycle of pro-Europe protests convulsing the former Soviet republic for the past two months, was spurred by the legislation rushed through parliament last week and which the opposition says will lead to a police state.

Significantly raising the stakes in the confrontation with President Viktor Yanukovich, opposition leaders announced a plan to gather people’s signatures expressing no confidence in his leadership and that of parliament.

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