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Kyiv authorities to file lawsuit to stop opposition rallies on Independence Day

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Aug. 12, 2011, 4:21 p.m. | Kyiv — by Interfax-Ukraine
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Kyiv City State Administration will appeal to the courts regarding the legality of the opposition holding mass rallies on Independence Day on August 24 - if the administration receives applications for such rallies, the administration's head, Oleksandr Popov, has said. Popov told reporters on Friday that the administration had not currently received any applications for holding mass rallies on August 24.

"If they are submitted, and if the law enforcement agencies provide arguments to us that this could lead to negative consequences, then we will react by submitting our proposals to court," Popov said.

As reported, Civil Position Party leader Anatoliy Hrytsenko said that the Dictatorship Resistance Committee, which was recently created by opposition parties and non-governmental organizations, had filed a general application for holding mass rallies on Independence Day on August 24.

"We signed another petition for Kyiv's Pechersky court with a request to release [former Premier and Batkivschyna Party leader] Yulia Tymoshenko from custody and submitted a general application for holding mass rallies on Independence Day. On August 24, the opposition will stand together in order to show people that the violation of European standards and human rights is completely unacceptable," Hrytsenko said.
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Anonymous Aug. 12, 2011, 7:47 p.m.    

Ukraine will never be a free independent state whislt it is beholden to Presidential rule by decree. Ukraine needs to seek consitutional refrrom and the implemenation of a full parliamentary democracy with the head of state being a pure cerimonial role.

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Anonymous Aug. 12, 2011, 9:01 p.m.    

The sooner the better. They also need to recind all Yanukocrap gave away and put him behind bars.

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Anonymous Aug. 13, 2011, 1:38 a.m.    

What do you mean by &quot;they&quot;, does that mean you plan to hide under your bed and shake.

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Anonymous Aug. 13, 2011, 8:55 a.m.    

Yanukovych is frightening just as Hitler, Stalin and Bin Laden were frightening. He must be stopped before it's too late.

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Anonymous Aug. 13, 2011, 11:08 p.m.    

I am afraid to look under the bed. Yanukovych is the scarry monster that resides under the bed.

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Anonymous Aug. 12, 2011, 7:47 p.m.    

The more lawsuits they file, the more people will rally. Slava!

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Anonymous Aug. 12, 2011, 10:10 p.m.    

The irony of a court ordered ban on free speech during Independence Day would be funny if it weren't so oppressive.

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Anonymous Aug. 17, 2011, 5:13 a.m.    

Seems the dictator could not prevent a flash mob type of spontaneous demonstration. Get thousands of people there and a pre-determined time erupt in a spontaneous anti dictatorship demonstration.

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