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It isn’t clear what authorities have to lose. After all, if you have a couple thousand angry people, best let them wear themselves out shouting rather than trying to irritate them further. But it seems they once again chose another way of dealing with protesters.      

On May 18, opposition parties will hold their “Rise, Ukraine” rally on European Square in central Kyiv. The ruling Party of Regions also was given permission to hold their own rally at the same exact day, time and, yes, place. At least, that was the plan until city authorities decided to have the government rally only after the opposition one leaves. 

But municipal authorities also seem interested in using a variety of tricks. For one, many roads and bridges in Kyiv will be shut down for roadworks when the opposition rally will be underway. 

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