AutoMaidan car caravan comes up short again in quest to reach Yanukovych's Mezhyhirya estate

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Jan. 12, 2014, 9:21 p.m. |
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Female protesters stand in front of trucks used by police to block their path to reach President Viktor Yanukovych's luxury multimillion-dollar Mezhyhirya estate.
© Kostyantyn Chernichkin

For the second time in two weeks, the EuroMaidan offshoot known as AutoMaidan -- motorists who take their protests to the private homes of top officials -- came up 300 meters short in trying to reach President Viktor Yanukovych's heavily guarded Mezhyhirya luxury estate. 

A 200-car caravan of EuroMaidan activists on Jan. 12 went to to picket Yanukovych's multimillion-dollar estate and deliver him a summons to the "People's Court." However, at the entrance to the village of New Petrivtsy north of Kyiv, police blocked the way with sand trucks and police cars. The activists got through this roadblock, but were ultimately stopped 300 meters short of their goal by buses and special police forces.

Lawmakers and protesters held a short rally, then left the summons on a police bus and drove away.  A Jan. 19 "People's Court" hearing is scheduled for Independence Square, the epicenter of the 53-day-old EuroMaidan protests designed to force Yanukovych to resign. Yanukovych has drawn sustained public anger over his decision to abandon closer ties with the European Union in favor of a $15 billion bailout and cheaper natural gas from Russia. 

To read about the Dec. 29 AutoMaidan car caravan to Mezhyhirya, click here.

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