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Protests recall Ukraine Orange Revolution

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(L-R) Ukraine's Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukraine's President Viktor Yushchenko, and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso chat prior to a joint EU-Ukraine "international investment conference on modernisation of Ukraine's gas transit system" in Brussels on March 23, 2009. Ukraine and Russia are at odds over gas distribution which could jeopardize European Union supplies. (UPI Photo/Mykola Lazarenko/HO) | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/deef68c2429eec2b1d4990a40bb07351/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
(L-R) Ukraine's Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukraine's President Viktor Yushchenko, and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso chat prior to a joint EU-Ukraine "international investment conference on modernisation of Ukraine's gas transit system" in Brussels on March 23, 2009. Ukraine and Russia are at odds over gas distribution which could jeopardize European Union supplies. (UPI Photo/Mykola Lazarenko/HO) | License Photo

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.

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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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