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Tymoshenko supporters rally near Supreme Special Court, demand her release

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Aug. 21, 2012, 1:51 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Some 500 supporters of Ukraine's former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko have walked from Kyiv's Khreschatyk metro station along Instytutska and Lypska streets to the building of the Supreme Specialized Court for Civil and Criminal Cases.
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Some 500 supporters of Ukraine's former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko have walked from Kyiv's Khreschatyk metro station along Instytutska and Lypska streets to the building of the Supreme Specialized Court for Civil and Criminal Cases. 

The rally participants were accompanied by the police, an Interfax-Ukraine correspondent has reported.

Tymoshenko's supporters are holding united opposition flags and are wearing white vests with the words Batkivschyna and "Free Yulia" and an image of a heart. They are also chanting pro-Tymoshenko slogans and singing folk songs.

Ukrainian parliamentarians are gathering at the building. Arseniy Yatseniuk, leader of the Front for Change party, said the Supreme Specialized Court is not the last instance and a lawsuit will be filed with the European Court of Human Rights after the cassation appeal is considered.

The Ukrainian Higher Specialized Court for Civil and Criminal Cases will complete hearings on the cassation appeal filed by the defense lawyers for Tymoshenko contesting the decisions made by the Kyiv Pechersky Court and the Kyiv Court of Appeals on the "gas case," which found Tymoshenko guilty and sentenced her to seven years in prison. The court is expected to give its decision on Tuesday. 

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Roman Dawydiak Aug. 21, 2012, 3:21 p.m.    

It is a proven fact that the entire judicial system in Ukraine has been thoroughly corrupted whether it be voluntarily or involuntarily. This situation will only change when the POR sewer rats are kicked out of power from the Verkhovna Rada or through a second people's revolution. In short, the power of Yanukovych's mafia can only be decimated via the power of the people.

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elmer-елмер Aug. 21, 2012, 4:21 p.m.    

Amen.

Let's see what the POR sewer rats have accomplished since they took over:

- gave Firtash $5 billion worth of gas

- let Boyko, as "energy minister," steal $200 million on a drilling rig deal

- eliminated the judicial system completely

- bought helicopters for yanusvoloch at huge government expense

- built helipads for yanusvoloch at huge government expense

- made lavish additions to Mezhihirya, yanusvoloch's mansion estate, at huge government expense

The list goes on.

There are some stories that voters in Zookraine will stay away from the polls.

As usual, everything in Zookraine is bass ackwards and upside down.

Now is the time for voters to come out and vote against PoR and the commies, and to vote for the opposition.

It's the only chance that people have for a decent life.

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carl Aug. 21, 2012, 6:52 p.m.    

No one gave firtash 5 billion worth of gas,it was his in the first place. Tymoshenko had no business being PM instead of pushing reforms, she spent her time attacking rivals like firtash. 5 years wasted that is the record of team orange.

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elmer-елмер Aug. 22, 2012, 5:08 a.m.    

carl, carl, carl, carl, carl

You are such a liar. If it was firtash's gas, why was it necessary for the zRada to pass a special law giving it to him?

As far as Tymoshenko, it was the sovok mafiosi who were attacking her.

That is the record of the Regionnaire mafiosi.

And the Regionnaires rely on zombified village idiots to vote for them - deaf, dumb and blind idiots who refuse to see what the Regionnaire mafiosi have done and are doing to Zookraine.

Here's something for you, carl --

There was a chemistry professor in a large college that had some

exchange students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab,

the professor noticed one young man, an exchange student, who kept

rubbing his back and stretching as if his back hurt. The professor asked

the young man what was the matter. The student told him he had a bullet

lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting communists in his

native country who were trying to overthrow his country's government and

install a new communist regime.

In the midst of his story, he looked at the professor and asked a

strange question. He asked: "Do you know how to catch wild pigs?"

The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line.

The young man said that it was no joke. "You catch wild pigs by finding

a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs

find it and begin to come every day to eat the free corn.

"When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side

of the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the

fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of

the fence.

"They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you

have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side.

"The pigs, which are used to the free corn, start to come through the

gate to eat that free corn again. You then slam the gate on them and

catch the whole herd. Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom.

They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon

they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they

have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept

their captivity."

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