This content is not available in your region

Kiev bans protests against arrest of Tymoshenko

Kiev bans protests against arrest of Tymoshenko
Text size Aa Aa

Authorities in Ukraine have banned a planned street protest in support of jailed former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

Police arrived early this morning to break up her supporters’ camp which has been in place since she was arrested on Friday during her abuse of office trial for contempt of court. Undeterred, demonstrators remain defiant.

Ukrainian MP, Victor Ukolov said:“the court decided to cancel any mass protests, that’s why we’re using this camp as our temporary offices to meet people and avoid this formality.”

According to Ukraine’s constitution, MPs can meet their constituents wherever they want. So for now the protest resembles a politician’s surgery.

Nonetheless, opposition leaders say they will challenge the court’s decision to ban protests near the court or remand prison where Tymoshenko’s being held with her trial scheduled to resume on Monday.