Protesters, led by opposition members of parliament
defending the role of Ukrainian as the only state language, h ad
massed in front of a building where President Viktor Yanukovich
was due to hold a press briefing.
The chamber approved the language bill on Tuesday, minutes
after a surprise proposal by a pro-Yanukovich deputy, giving
opponents little time to cast their vote and prompting scuffles
both in parliament and on the streets.
“There are millions of us and they cannot pretend that
nothing has happened,” said Vitali Klitschko, the world
heavyweight boxing champion who has founded his own opposition
party – Udar (Blow), and took part in Wednesday’s protest.