Around 3000 protestors have taken to the streets in Ukraine’s capital Kiev, calling for the Mayor to step down.
They are angry about cost-cutting measures recently enacted by City Hall. These include a hike in the price of utilities, public transport, medical care and licensing fees hitting small businesses. Of greatest concern is a proposal to triple housing and municipal tariffs. Protestors say they will not give up until Kiev’s flamboyant Mayor, a banking tycoon and born-again Christian, steps down. But as his support base, residents of outer suburbs, are largely unaffected by the cuts, a quick resolution seems unlikely.