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UKRAINE: Tens of thousands of pro-European protesters in the streets of Kiev

December 1st, 2013 · No Comments · 226 views

 

Despite the violent dispersal Saturday morning by riot forces demonstrators who occupied the Independence Square, the Ukrainian opposition does not want to let go. This Sunday, tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered near a park downtown to demand the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovych. To 13h (local time), they were heading in the column to Independence Square despite the ban by the authorities.

In the night from Saturday to Sunday, the authorities launched a ban on gathering in symbolic places. "Mass gatherings are banned until January 7, 2014," on Independence Square, the traditional venue for events in Kiev, and in the streets where the local administration pre , presidential, parliament and the seat of government, told AFP lawyer Evgenia Zakrevskaïa, citing a decision of the Ukrainian justice.

The opposition, which accuses the president of turning his back on the EU and hardened the regime was able to mobilize tens of thousands of people in Kiev there one week the early manifestations. The rally Sunday is a test capabilities to mobilize opposition.

"We must go into the street (…) peacefully"

Sunday, the leader of the party and Oudar boxing world champion Vitali Klitschko retained his call to rally. "Only together can we change the situation in the country. That is why you must go to the street and give its opinion peacefully, "he has said, according to a statement from Oudar party.

Ukrainian President has meanwhile promised to continue the rapprochement with the European Union. "I'll do my best to expedite the process of rapprochement between Ukraine and the European Union, while avoiding significant losses to our economy and the deterioration the level of life, "he said in a statement. Viktor Yanukovych also Saturday condemned the use of force against protesters and ordered an investigation. "I am deeply shocked by the events that took place during the night on Independence Square" in Kiev, he said in a statement.

"Resignation of the government and the president"

But opposition leaders, who gathered Saturday to decide their strategy after a week of demonstrations, denounced a hardening of the regime.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk, a leading Batkivschina Party (Fatherland) the opponent Yulia Tymoshenko announced that the opposition called "the resignation of the government and the president, presidential elections and early elections. "

The United States and the European Union have condemned the use of violence against protesters. 

With news (AFP)

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