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To mark an alternative birthday of Kyiv, about 100 activists gathered in Hostynniy Dvir, an historic building in the Podil district, to celebrate and to protest against plans to turn the site into yet another shopping mall.

Hostynny Dvir, or Hospitality Court, is a medieval name for a place where visiting merchants stayed, stored and sold their goods.

For Kyiv Days, the two-storied building had a poster stretched on it, saying “Get out to the street-bring back your city.” The slogan was chanted over and over again to the rhythm of loud drums. The protest continued the next day, this time watched over silently by a plaster bust of President Yanukovych.

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