RIA Novovsti: Ukrainian language bill protesters send Yanukovych to Belarus

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July 10, 2012, 8:51 a.m. | Ukraine | Politics — by RIA Novosti

A protester kicks an inflatable dummy of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on July 5, 2012 during an opposition rally in Kyiv. Several hundred opponents of a law elevating the status of Russian in Ukraine camped out in Kyiv on July 5 and several pressed on with hunger strikes as political tensions soared over the contentious issue. The sit-in outside a conference center in Kyiv follows violent clashes on July 4 between some 1,000 protesters and police triggered by the rushed passing by parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, of the law the day earlier.

The opponents of Ukraine’s controversial new language law that boosts the legal status of Russian sent President Viktor Yanukovych, who celebrates his 62nd birthday on July 9, a ticket to Belarus, UNIAN reported.

The anti-bill activists, who have been rallying against the legislation since July 3 in downtown Kyiv, bought symbolic birthday gifts to Yanukovych, including a suitcase and a train ticket to the Belarusian village of Yanuki. The protesters believe the president is an ethnic Belarusian since his grandfather was born there, Ukraine’s news agency said.

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