Protestors against language law chained themselves in Zaporizhia

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July 7, 2012, 9:29 a.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Prosvita member chained himself and his six-year-old son near the building of Zaporizhia regional administration

A man chained himself to the ramp outside the building of Zaporizhia city administration in protest against a judicial ban on demonstrations against Tuesday's bill on languages, which allows more extensive use of Russian.

On Thursday evening, about 100 nationalists gathered on the square in front of the administration headquarters for a demonstration that had been banned by a local court earlier that day. The demonstrators, who represented the Prosvita regional party, had been going to protest the law and "defend the Ukrainian language."

In protest against the court ban, Prosvita leader Oleh Tkachenko chained himself to the administration building ramp and a fellow party member wound chains around himself and his six-year-old son.

Tkachenko said that, while police were away looking for a pair of pliers to cut his chains, other nationalists were able to hold a rally in protest against the controversial law. "Having sorted out the chains, [police] were pulling me toward a car by the arms while [protesters] were pulling me backward," he said.

Tkachenko said he had been taken to a police station and afterward to a court, "which issued me with an admonition."

Police told Interfax-Ukraine that only one person was detained during the event.

Prosvita activists told the agency that they were planning to return to the square next to the administration headquarters on Friday and join a demonstration by journalists from a local newspaper who claimed on Thursday that the paper's editorial policy was under pressure from authorities and that it had its copy censored.


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Roman Dawydiak July 7, 2012, 11:08 a.m.    

This is another classic example of some of the baboons from the POR using unlawful tactics in forcing the courts and the police to do their bidding. The electorate in eastern and southern Ukraine in particular must understand that supporting the Donets'k Mafia led by Vitya and his fellow oligarchs will not bring them prosperity but will destroy their freedom that they cherish as do all the people of Ukraine.

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CHRIS BABEOUF July 7, 2012, 1:44 p.m.    

Judging from the minuscule size of the demonstrations most people living in Ukraine are not much bothered one way or the other. A tiny minority however seems to have completely lost its marbles. And legislation that any EU parliament might pass is taken as a sign that a Ukrainian apocalypse is at hand. Strangely this is a very bad move for the opposition with an election pending. I predict it will have a net positive effect on the political fortunes of the governing party.

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Mykhayl July 7, 2012, 6:39 p.m.    

Слава Icy~

QUOTE: "...Police told Interfax-Ukraine that only one person was detained..." QUIT QUOTE

One man army?

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kpxoxol July 7, 2012, 7:07 p.m.    

The orange losers who make funny noises on the streets are PITIFUL AND INSIGNIFICANT MINORITY, heh, heh, heh :D

"Director of the Kyiv-based Center for Political and Conflict Studies Mykhailo Pohrebynsky said at a press conference on Friday that about 20% of Ukrainians support the position of "ousting the Russian language from official use" in Ukraine.

"All that the opposition is currently doing is defending the position of a minority of Ukrainian citizens, while a majority calls for raising the status of the Russian language. All this hysteria, hunger strikes and so forth are the result of this, and I think this is an example of totalitarian thinking," the analyst said."

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kpxoxol July 7, 2012, 8:39 p.m.    

After the language referendum is held, the bastardized polish language the orange morons call "Ukrainian language" will be declared minority language, HA HA HA :D

Because it is used by measly 13% of the Kiev population while 75% of the Kiev residents use the Russian language in their daily life, heh, heh, heh :D

No wonder the orange turds and their diaspora cronies are angry and whiny - they are minority no mater where they go. LOL :D

The Communist Party of Ukraine (CPU) has proposed that President Viktor Yanukovych declare an all-Ukrainian referendum on granting Russian the status of a second official language.

"We see only one way to address this issue – by amending the Constitution through a referendum, taking into account the fact that today there is a valid court ruling that recognizes the legitimacy of the previously collected 4.2 million signatures and obliges the president to hold a referendum. This is a valid act, and we would advise President Yanukovych to take these data as a basis and call for a referendum on granting official status to Russian,"

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Olexander Kravets July 10, 2012, 8:10 p.m.    

Please Listen to me mr. kpxoxol. You are a payed agent of Putin that is a fact, because I have never seen such stupid and ignorant comments such as yours. You know nothing about our language. Russian and Ukrainian are both the products of one OLD SLAVIC language. Go read some linguistic works or just go to the library. My ancestors spoke this language and it is the only official language in Ukraine. Russian language is not abused or limited, there is Russian language and Literature class in every school in Ukraine. But this new law is made by traitor Yanikovich to break us apart and make us slaves of the Moscow. Well! This will not happen! And you can go to hell! The only bastardized entity here is you!

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rcd1 July 8, 2012, 4:52 a.m.    

The biggest problem here is that sadly there was only 100 poor souls with the guts to stand up for Ukrainian freedom and its own individual heritage (or language in this case). Why was it not 100,000 or even better 1 million Ukrainians lined up and protesting? Tums speaks to the heart of the matter and why nothing good comes from the current government. The Ukrainian people complain all day but do nothing nor hold these crooks pretending to be politicians accountable. When 100 people changes to 100 thousand people then to one million people a d then to endless numbers of people, that's when improvements will come and good government begins. Political faces will change for the better then too. You can count on it. Until then the only thing Ukrainians can count on is continued corruption, lies, deception, few real legal rights or protection and more poverty and meager wages & benefits.

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kpxoxol July 9, 2012, 12:53 a.m.    

Because orange loser. orange recidivists likes of yourself who want Ukraine divided are MINORITY.

The Ukraine people saw right through the REAL FACE ofd the orange mafia and don't give a flying crap about the orange thieves and robbers anymore.

The Ukraine people want PROSPERITY and STABILITY.
This is why they LOVE what Putin do for Russia, kicked the orange menace out of power and elected Yanukovych.

This is why they want good relationships with the hand which feeds them being the largest market for Ukraine produce - Russia.

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