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Demonstrators, many of them clad in traditional Ukrainian white embroidered shirts, attempted to march on the president’s office, but were held back by police in riot gear who flooded the city’s center.

Tymoshenko’s abuse-of-office trial and arrest earlier this month on charges of contempt of court have galvanized Ukraine’s notoriously fragmented opposition.

Wednesday’s rally attracted a broad spectrum of government critics opposed to pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych’s government and a trial they see as selective prosecution meant to bar Tymoshenko from upcoming elections.

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