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Report: Kyiv Mayor To Ban Opposition Rallies

24 October 2004 -- The mayor of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv is quoted today as saying he will ban opposition rallies in the city.

ITAR-TASS quoted Mayor Oleksandr Omelchenko a day after tens of thousands rallied in the center of the city to support opposition presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko.

Meanwhile, some 100 journalists protested in Kyiv today in support of the embattled Channel 5 television station. The station is facing legal and financial troubles that it attributes to political pressure ahead of the election.

The weeks leading up to the 31 October election have been tense. The opposition accuses authorities of interference and attempting to rig the vote, while police say they will crack down on the opposition if it tries to create a revolution.


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