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Ukrainian opposition to create Dictatorship Resistance Committee after Tymoshenko's arrest

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Aug. 8, 2011, 6:16 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Supporters of Yulia Tymoshenko shouts slogans during a rally in Kiev on Aug. 8, 2011. Acting on a judge's orders, police arrested Yulia Tymoshenko during her abuse-of-office trial for violations of court procedures.
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Member of the Block of Yulia Tymoshenko (BYT)-Batkivschyna faction, Serhiy Sobolev has said that opposition forces have managed to unite in order to "resist the dictatorship" following the arrest of ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. "Representatives of 10 parliamentary parties put their signatures under a statement that was signed outside of the Pechersky District Court on the hood of the car in which Tymoshenko and [former Interior Minister] Yuriy Lutsenko were driven to the hearing," he said, adding that "this actually means the creation of the Dictatorship Resistance Committee."

The document was signed by "nearly all of the opposition politicians who were previously accused of failing to unite, yet they did manage to unite," Sobolev said.

Earlier, the press service of the Batkivschyna party reported that a statement on an anti-dictatorship committee was opened for signing, including by non-parliamentary parties.

The statement was signed by leaders of the European Party of Ukraine, Defendants of the Fatherland party, People's Self-Defense, Batkivschyna, Reforms and Law party, Our Ukraine, Popular Ruh of Ukraine, and the Front for Changes party, Sobolev said.

The Dictatorship Resistance Committee has already held its first session, the deputy said.

"It will meet regularly. This will enable us to better coordinate our efforts," he said.

On August 24, Ukraine's Independence Day, the BYT-Batkivschyna faction intends to organize nationwide protests in support of Tymoshenko, a BYT deputy, Natalia Korolevska, told reporters.
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Anonymous Aug. 8, 2011, 7:12 p.m.    

They should find ways to deport Yanukovych.

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Anonymous Aug. 8, 2011, 7:47 p.m.    

This committee will not last too long after Tymoshenko is released, unless the other politicians are willing to give it over to her control and let her run it like her private affair. The woman doesn't share, and it's the reason why such a committee could only be formed in her absence. It was never able to be formed when she was free, she is not able to get people to cooperate she just competes with them. And it will not last long when she's free again. Watch and see. The image of Yulia is better than the reality of her.

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Anonymous Aug. 8, 2011, 11:02 p.m.    

I need to get one of those Byut shirts for my babushka too. Seems the shirt of style for grannies this season.

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Anonymous Aug. 8, 2011, 11:40 p.m.    

yes, lets dress in suits and beat up young woman and if we get caught we can always move to russia.

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Mykhayl Aug. 9, 2011, 1:56 a.m.    

Pride does not wish to owe,

Vanity does not wish to pay.

Rochefoucauld

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Anonymous Aug. 9, 2011, 5:57 p.m.    

Vitali has come to Ukraine and he will personally do the job done that all these orange turkeys cannot do. He will save yulia and her party MPs from this mess they are in. i hope they remember his saving act of grace with kindness and gratitude.

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