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Wall Street Journal: Language bill stirs anger in Ukraine

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June 5, 2012, 10:33 p.m. |

Ukrainian riot police officers clash with opposition activists during a protest rally in Kyiv, June 5. Several thousand flag-waving activists staged a noisy protest outside the parliament building, protesting the bill that would keep Ukrainian as the only official language in the country, but Russian could be used in courts, hospitals and other institutions in Russian-speaking regions.

KIEV—Ukrainian lawmakers forced a controversial draft Russian language law through its first reading on Tuesday, forming a human shield around the parliament's rostrum to prevent opposition protests after the first attempt to pass the bill last month ended in a violent brawl.

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