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Protests recall Ukraine Orange Revolution

Nov. 23, 2012 at 2:19 PM   |   Comments

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KIEV, Ukraine, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Five people marking the eighth anniversary of the Ukrainian Orange Revolution were arrested for petty hooliganism, police said Friday.

About 400 people came to Independence Square in the capital Kiev to commemorate the protests that brought former president Viktor Yuschenko to power. Yuschenko commemorated the occasion by proclaiming it a national holiday, but since leaving office his predecessor President Victor Yanukovych -- from whom Yuschenko took power in 2005 -- canceled the celebration, RIA Novosti said.

Five protesters were charged for carrying a tent, meant to symbolize the tents that were put up in the square during the initial protest as angry citizens refused to leave until the election's rightful winner was declared.

Police said the protesters failed to obtain permission to set up the tent.

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