“We’re not moving” – the message of tens of thousands of supporters of the opposition candidate in Ukraine’s presidential election who believe they have been cheated out of victory.
They took to the streets of the capital Kiev as soon as it began to emerge the vote was going the way of Viktor Yushchenko’s rival, Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich. There is no official result yet but electoral authorities have signalled the prime minister has won – an outcome questioned by the EU. Yushchenko, a former premier who advocates a gradual integration with western Europe, had warned that his supporters would come out en masse if there was any sign of vote-rigging, and that is exactly what has happened. “Today a great evil is occuring in our country,” he told the crowd. “We are united here to say to our government… your actions cannnot help you to stay in power when the people make another choice.” A number of regional and city authorities in the west of the country have urged the parliament not to recognise the result. The country is gripped by tension security officials have said they will put down any lawlessness “quckly and firmly.”