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You're reading: Political face-off outside Tymoshenko’s courtroom

On July 23, Tymoshenko supporters faced off with demonstrators supposedly loyal to President Viktor Yanukovych, her bitter rival. Using giant stacks of amplifiers, the two groups blasted anthems and slogans at eachother.

Tymoshenko’s supporters, mostly older Ukrainians passionately defended their beloved leader with flags, photographs and homemade posters.

On the other side of the road, men in suits roamed through a neat grid of flag bearers, occasionally yanking a teenager back in place, or looking suspiciously across the barricades they had erected around them.

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