The president’s press office could not immediately be
reached for further comment.
The bills, authored by Party of Regions lawmakers Vadym Kolesnichenko and Volodymyr
Oliynyk, seriously restrict the freedom of peaceful assembly and
criminalize a number of actions used by protesters during EuroMaidan demonstrations
in recent weeks to persuade authorities to concede to their demands.
Under the laws, blockading public or government buildings is
an offense punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and driving in a motorcade of
more than five vehicles can lead to steep fines or confiscation of vehicles. The
law also forbids wearing a helmet while partaking in public protests.