Ukraine Scraps Controversial Anti-Protest Law
The Ukrainian parliament has voted by large majority to cancel controversial anti-protest legislation.
The law was only passed on January 16, but fueled further antigovernment protests in the country.
361 lawmakers have voted in favor, only two have been against, and 40 have abstained.
The law gave police extra powers to tackle demonstrators.
The measures, which were hastily voted in mid-January, included a ban on the unauthorized installation of tents, stages or amplifiers in public places; provision to arrest protesters wearing masks or helmets; ban on protests involving more than five vehicles in convoy; hefty fines or jail for breaches of law
The move triggered strong criticism from the EU and the US, even though the governing party of President Viktor Yanukovych insisted the legislation was in line with European standards.
Prior to the vote, Yanukovych had already agreed to annul the law in a concession to the opposition.
MPs applauded as the result was announced.
There was a similar response in Kiev's Independence Square
The repeal of the controversial legislation happened after the announcement of Ukraine's Prime Minister Mykola Azarov that he was resigning.
The wave of antigovernment protests began in November, after Yanukovych backed out of an Association Agreement with the EU.
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Why it's not good to be two-faced, for example, on Georgia...First from 2011 and then in 2013. Big changes, not only in government. But what remains the same, is the BS talk, from West, Bulgaria, whatever.
Bulgarian Interior Min Impressed with Georgia's Judicial System
DIPLOMACY | March 18, 2011
Bulgaria's Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov welcomed in Sofia Friday his Georgian counterpart, Ivane Meribashvili.
"I envy my colleague. Some 2-3 years ago Georgia had only 5 000 prisoners, and now they have 24 000, which means an extremely efficient judicial system," he added.
December 02, 2013 08:30
the nation’s new leader, Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili (about the opposition = team saakashvili)
There is no such thing as healthy criticism from them. I’m not sure they understand what the word healthy means in the first place. Neither do they know what the word objective stands for. I want to remind everyone – and I know that quite large audiences are listening to us now – that these people have been offering their citizens a deception-driven type of democracy. It was just a fa?ade democracy. It was all fa?ade.
I have looked into every field. Name one field where they have not implemented fa?ade changes, fa?ade reforms. These people have prosecuted 300,000 people. To me, it is disastrous – 300,000 of their fellow citizens in nine years. It was a very ambiguous regime, if you are interested in my take on this issue. I cannot accept all this quietly and without emotions. Moreover, I cannot accept calmly criticism from them, their sabotage or moral lecturing. This is cynicism at its worst. This is my take on today’s opposition. Of course, by the opposition I mean the National Movement, that is, the parliamentary minority.