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Ukraine Christians protest planned introduction of e-passports

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Sept. 8, 2011, 5:16 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
About 1,500 Orthodox Christians demonstrated outside the Ukrainian parliament's headquarters in Kyiv on Thursday, protesting a plan to introduce radio frequency identification passports (RFID passports or e-passports) and identity cards. The demonstrators were holding banners reading "No to the electronic register for the Orthodox," "We are against e-passports," "We are against the electronic concentration camp," "We don't want electronic slavery," "The ID card is a mark of the devil, the e-passport is a pass to hell."

Some of the protesters told reporters the demonstration represented the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which allied with the Moscow-based Russian Orthodox Church.

Earlier, Interior Minister Anatoliy Mohyliov said everything was ready to start printing e-passports this autumn.

The government has allocated the Interior Ministry Hr 60 million for buying equipment for printing the first batch of e-passports. Altogether Hr 120 million is to be spent on the program.
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Anonymous Sept. 8, 2011, 6:07 p.m.    

Thi is truly the sign of the times. why not just embed a chip in their for nhead of ear lobe. If Ukraine is the first country to go down this path then god help Ukraine and the world. There should be a referndum on this proposal and certinaly should not be implemendted prior to the next Parlamentary election.

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Anonymous Sept. 8, 2011, 9:28 p.m.    

You are a real idiot.

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Anonymous Sept. 8, 2011, 6:50 p.m.    

Can someone please explain why they are protesting ?

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Anonymous Sept. 8, 2011, 7:40 p.m.    

Seems they are protesting a safeguard that could make it more difficult for illegal Russians from running amok in Ukraine.

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Anonymous Sept. 9, 2011, 9:01 a.m.    

which allied with the Moscow-based Russian Orthodox Church.

Read more: http://www.kyivpost.com/news/nation/detail/112434/#ixzz1XQrv4UOv

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Anonymous Sept. 9, 2011, 11:53 p.m.    

Are these people for real ?? Simple progress is viewed as a sign of the devil!!

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