Ukrainian parliament pushes through sweeping anti-protest law




 
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Ukrainian parliament pushes through sweeping anti-protest law
 
January 17th, 2014  
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Ukrainian parliament pushes through sweeping anti-protest law
Supporters of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich hustled a sweeping law through parliament on Thursday in an attempt to curb anti-government protests, sparking an outcry from the opposition and raising tensions on the streets. The law, backed by deputies from Yanukovich's Regions Party and allies, also adopted a similar stance to Russia on registration of foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs), insisting they should pay taxes on profit. NGOs that were financed from abroad and took part in political activity in Ukraine would be categorized as "foreign agents", it said. But the law, which ran to more than 100 pages, appeared directed mainly at preparing the ground for action to end the street protests that have been taking place in the capital Kiev and some other cities since November.




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