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European People's Party condemns 'politically motivated' government pressure on Ukrainian opposition

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Dec. 16, 2010, 6:47 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
The European People's Party (EPP) has condemned the growth of politically motivated pressure by the Ukrainian authorities on the opposition and Batkivschyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko. An Interfax-Ukraine reporter said that EPP President Wilfried Martens had made such a statement after the party's summit in Brussels on Thursday.

"The EPP's presidency condemns the growth of aggressive, politically motivated pressure by the Ukrainian authorities on the opposition and its leader Yulia Tymoshenko. In particular, the EPP is deeply concerned about criminal charges brought by the Prosecutor General's Office against Yulia Tymoshenko, including an outrageous ban on her traveling outside Kyiv," he said.
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Anonymous Dec. 16, 2010, 8:13 p.m.    

The Opposition could not destroy POR... so now they are doing it to themselves, with such vulgar displays of "power"... which will return to bite them.

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Anonymous Dec. 16, 2010, 11:37 p.m.    

Yep Yulia is an angel and has never done anything wrong. All previous officials should be granted life time immunity from investigation.

I suspect the Kosovo leader if he was affiliated to the EPP also would never be involved in crimes that or alleged and the ex Coratian PM if he was affiliated to the EPP would also be currently being politically poersecuted as well.

One also has to assume that as the EPP is the biggest group of MEPs that in the past 16 years when not once has an auditor signed of the accounts due to at least 33% false accounting and fraud, they are also of the same calibre as St Yulia.

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Anonymous Dec. 17, 2010, 3:20 a.m.    

Yulia is not the issue. The issue is that Yanuk and the PoR circumvent democracy and employ fascist thugish tactics to silence their critics. Either democracy exists in Ukraine....or it does not.

Apparently under this regime it does not. Evidently they're back to a dictatorial form of government.

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Anonymous Dec. 17, 2010, 12:58 p.m.    

Interesting to know what these people would do about our missing cash. Would they look for it? What actions would they take if or when they found out it was stolen by their opposition, or in our case American installed president etc? Given the corruption within the EU, and yes there is lots of it if we are to believe their own press releases, they may well chose not to prosecute because it would “look bad!” We, thank God, are not in the EU and given His blessing never will be, so as it isn’t the P.O.R. that stole, misappropriated or gave away this money, and they have no real reason to simply discredit Timoshenko, she has done an admiral job of that all on her own, lets have her in the same place all other thieves are located once caught and convicted. She started crying “Political persecution” to everyone that would listen the day she realized her attempts to rig the election had failed. Only those that would benefit from her redemption will listen. Certainly not the majority of Ukrainians, who she has cheated and robbed.

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