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Celebration of Ukraine's Orange Revolution marred by arrests

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Celebration of Ukraine's Orange Revolution marred by arrests

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Several demonstrators in Kiev marking Ukraine’s Orange Revolution have been arrested.

Opposition parties organised the event in honour of the three-months of civil disobedience and general strikes by people alleging corruption in the 2004 presidential election.

The Orange Revolution kept current president Viktor Yanukovich out of power when the pressure led to Viktor Yushchenko being declared the rightful winner.

Criticising the arrests during the anniversary demonstration, protester Vyecheslav Seryegin said:
“Today is the eighth anniversary of the Orange Revolution. Every year, Ukrainians, Kiev residents and guests come to Maidan (Square) to honour this date. It’s a pity that the authorities are scared that our peaceful demonstration could once again grow into a serious protest.”

Thursday’s rally also saw support for former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who came to power after the Revolution.

The jailed ex-premier is calling for November 22 to be reinstated as Freedom Day – a public holiday, which was cancelled by Yanukovich when he came became president.