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Tymoshenko supporters refuse to move

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Hundreds of Tymoshenko supporters have gathered in the street in central Kiev outside the courthouse. Protesters have put up posters and some have set up camp, refusing to leave even as police put up metal fences.

One of her supporters is Ukrainian MP Volodymyr Kuvalov, a member of Tymoshenko’s party.

“We will call on people to come here, we will call on people not only from Kiev but from the whole of Ukraine, because this is needed for the protection of democracy. If today they ignore the legal demands of the opposition in the country then they will arrest tomorrow every politician under far-fetched pretences”.

Immediately following Tymoshenko’s jailing on Friday some of her supporters were involved in violent clashes with police.