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She was among thousands of small business owners who protested on Monday over a new tax code which the 60-year-old says will condemn her to spending her remaining life "in the shadows".

The protesters, whose numbers were about 4,000 in the morning but later swelled to many more, urged President Viktor Yanukovych to veto the bill, already passed by the parliament. City authorities said protesters numbered 5,000 but a Reuters eyewitness put the figure at easily more than 10,000.

They briefly blocked Kyiv’s main downtown street, but were prevented by hastily-erected metal barriers from getting close to the presidential administration building.

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