EurActiv: People power in Ukraine

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April 13, 2012, 7:10 p.m. |

The removal of three buildings, which used to stand behind the green fence (pictured), caused an uproar this week, as Kyivans protested the changes to the historical Andriyivsky Uzviz.
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Even as Ukraine drifts towards ever-more authoritarian government, the people’s ability to challenge the authorities was illustrated recently by protests against the demolition of a historic squarter in Kyiv, says Roman Rukomeda. “The Ukrainian authorities continue to test the limits of patience of their own people. A first example is the destruction of ancient buildings in a historic part of Kyiv, Andriyivskyy Descent, while another is the change of rules for the parliamentary elections due for October of this year.
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