Some of the copies say on their back "Yanukovych, you have betrayed your people," an Interfax-Ukraine correspondent has reported. The Christmas tree was held by a protester in his hands during the protest.
One of the protesters, Volodymyr Derkach, said the December 27 Constitutional Court ruling, which gives the government a constitutional right to determine the procedures and amount of social payments depending on the available resources of the Pension Fund, was "illegal and historically wrong."
"The Constitutional Court’s decision deprives people of the right to go to court. That’s it. We can no longer go to court," Derkach said.