Protesters Defying Anti-Rally Laws Clash with Riot Police in Kiev
Hundreds of protesters clashed with riot police in Kiev on Sunday in a rally opposing new laws aimed at stamping out anti-government demonstrations.
Up to 100 000 Ukrainians gathered Sunday in the center of the Ukrainian capital to vent their anger at the passage of harsh anti-protest legislation.
Last week, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich approved a controversial batch of laws banning unsanctioned gatherings and imposing restrictions on mass demonstrations, civic activism and free speech.
The laws, approved by the Ukrainian parliament on Thursday, were denounced by opposition leaders, who described them as unconstitutional, while US and EU officials expressed deep concern at the new legislation, according to reports of the BBC News.
Although Sunday's rally began peacefully, clashes erupted as demonstrators heading for parliament encountered cordons set up by police.
Police used tear gas and smoke bombs in a bid to disperse the protesters seeking to storm the police cordon near the Verkhovna Rada.
The series of mass protests was triggered by President Yanukovych's last-minute rejection of an EU deal under heavy pressure from Russia in November.
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Protests in Ukraine first spiraled out of control over the weekend. Most of those injured were policemen, diagnosed with head injuries, stab wounds and poisoning. But the US and the EU justified the unrest by saying it was provoked by the Ukrainian authorities. John Laughland, author on international affairs, joins RT to discuss this issue.
HR 347, right, Yane, as well as "USA PATRIOT Act" of 2011, as well as "John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007"/HR 5122/...all those acts/bills DIRECTLY VIOLATE Constitution and civil liberties in USA, but what for to
irritate Big Boss? It is far more democratic and safe for EU to "expressed deep concern at the new [Ukrainian] legislation"...
Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011
H.R. 347, also known as the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act, is a federal law in the United States allowing the Secret Service extra jurisdiction to make arrests and suppress protests in cases of trespass on restricted locations and intentional disruption of government functions.
The HR 347 is a revision to section 1752 of title 18 US code. Introduced by representative of Florida 16- Thomas Rooney, it makes punishable by up to 10 years jail time or fine any person who does "or conspires" enter any "restricted building or grounds" or within certain "proximity" without lawful authority to do so, attempts to disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business.
It defines restricted building or grounds as the White House or its grounds, the Vice President's home or its grounds, or where the President or other person protected by the Secret Service is or will be temporarily visiting"
For the official bill, and more information see the link below http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hr347#overview
Same laws as in the west, not allowed to wear ski masks, weapons, not allowed to storm democratic institutions such as parliaments etc in violent coups.
Here's why the laws are needed, because of these "peaceful protesters" (the west's words).