Ukrainian opposition rallies supporters in night protest
Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 01:15
Jan. 16 - Anti-government protesters rally after the Ukrainian parliament passed a bill sharply increasing punishment for unauthorized mass protests. Jillian Kitchener reports.
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Ukrainian opposition leaders rally supporters and call for sanctions against President Viktor Yanukovich.
This comes after the Ukrainian parliament, dominated by Yanukovich supporters, passed the 2014 state budget -- along with a bill sharply increasing punishment and fines for unauthorized mass protests.
The law, which still needs the president's signature, bans unauthorized installation of tents, stages or amplifiers in public places. A fine of up to $640, or 15 days in detention, would be imposed.
Opposition leaders say it underscores the need to replace Yanukovich.
(SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) LEADER OF UDAR, OR 'PUNCH' UKRAINIAN OPPOSITION PARTY, VITALY KLITSCHKO, SAYING:
"After what happened today in parliament, where the people were deprived of their civic rights and freedoms, according to the new slipshod laws, people are not allowed to stay on the square anymore. People are not allowed to put up tents anymore. People are not allowed talk about corrupted judges anymore. The person behind this dictatorship which is unfolding in Ukraine today is Viktor Yanukovich."
The new law increases fear among the opposition of an imminent police crackdown.
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