Monday, November 22, 2004

The test for Europe

... is now, and in the Ukraine

At 21.08 Ukraine time, Yuchshenko's campaign reported:

Tonight, police will attempt to run down the tent town on Independence Square
Viktor Yushchenko has just informed the participants of the rally on Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) in Kyiv that, at about 3 a.m., police will attempt to run down the tent town. He said that this was insider information. "This night, at 2 a.m., there should be more of us here than now, so that authorities realize that we are being serious here, and this protest rally will carry on for a long time", Yushchenko said.

He also informed that tomorrow organized rallies will take place also at other locations all over the capital. More specific information about this will be announced tomorrow.
Yushchenko emphasized that information on the protest rally in the capital of Ukraine has been spread all over Ukraine. Those present welcomed this news with loud applause.

The BBC reports:

Officials in several Ukrainian cities have refused to accept the outcome of Sunday's presidential election.

Tens of thousands of protesters have rallied to contest the official victory for Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, amid Western concern over the vote.

..."We are launching an organised movement of civil resistance," said [opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko], denouncing what he called the "total falsification" of the vote, which followed days of acrimonious wrangling over the results of the first round.

Kiev city council refused to recognise the results, and urged parliament to follow suit.
Thousands of people also turned onto the streets in the western city of Lviv, where the city council said it would only take orders from Mr Yushchenko.

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