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Tymoshenko supporters were repelled after they attempted to push a police bus. Her fans shouted "Yulia, we’ll take you out!" and "We won’t give Yulia to them." Others shouted: "Tymoshenko didn’t get seven years in prison, Ukraine did." Her fans also called on the European Court of Human Rights to "free Tymoshenko and jail those who judged her."

Meanwhile, a crowd of anti-Tymosheno demonstrators played the national anthem and blared a pre-recorded harangue of Tymoshenko by Oleh Kalashnikov, a pro-presidential member of parliament — part of the PR war that’s been waged outside the Khreshchatyk Street courtroom since the trial started. Loud music was also blaring, creating what one reporter on the scene called a "madhouse" atmosphere. Activists in both camps spoke with loudspeakers.

But the protesters were clearly outnumbered and overwhelmed by the strong police presence. Officers of the Berkut special operations unit formed a long line along Khreschatyk Street and Bohdan Khmelnytsky Street outside of the Central Department Store in downtown Kyiv and were pushing supporters of Tymoshenko from the road. More than 35 buses filled with police were brought in for the event.

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