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Tymoshenko on language law: Yanukovych declared war on whole nation

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July 5, 2012, 3:24 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Serhiy Vlasenko, a defense lawyer for former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, has announced a statement by his client in connection with the vote on the language law.
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Serhiy Vlasenko, a defense lawyer for former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, has announced a statement by his client in connection with the vote on the law on the principles of the state language policy.

"The shameful voting in the Verkhovna Rada on July 3 for the so-called language bill showed that Yanukovych has declared war on and independent Ukraine as such - not only the opposition and certain democratic values. He has challenged the whole nation. The vote was the same as they are. They, like thieves and tricksters, pushed this question through parliament, under rules that would be appropriate in gambling hall," Tymoshenko said in a statement.

According to Tymoshenko, the law adopted on July 3 is "a law on the temporary right of villains to mock," rather than a language law.

"In the last two years, they have created an effective vertical of cave ethics and murderous primitivism - the vertical that will bury them under their rubble, if we do not retreat this time. Ukraine has already beaten enemies such as Yanukovych. It has passed such tests as the test of the Regions Party. They can throw civil society and the opposition behind bars, but it is impossible to imprison the Ukrainian language and culture. The first decision the opposition has to take in a new parliament is to cancel all of the criminal stupid decisions that they took in the parliament that was temporarily theirs," Vlasenko said, reading Tymoshenko’s statement.

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