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Police remove tents put up by protesters against language bill in Kharkiv

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July 4, 2012, 11:52 a.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

The police removed the tents put up by participants in the unlimited protest against the adoption of the law on the basis of the state language policy in central Kharkiv on July 4.
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KHARKIV - The police removed the tents put up by participants in the unlimited protest against the adoption of the law on the basis of the state language policy in central Kharkiv on July 4.

"We, citizens who care, began an unlimited protest action and put up the first tent in the Freedom Square at 10 a.m. on July 3, intending to stay there all night. Suddenly the police appeared. The two tents were seized from us, and my mother, myself and Roman Cheremsky, the head of the Kharkiv Union of Ukrainian Youth, were detained and taken to the Dzerzhynsky police station. We were released around 3 p.m. Two administrative protocols were made against each of us. We were accused of violating the procedures governing the organization of rallies and resisting police," Dmytro Pylypets, one of the protesters, told Interfax-Ukraine.

Pylypets also said the protesters intend to continue the protest on July 4.

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