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Kyiv Court Bans Anti-Yanukovych Protest

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych
KYIV -- A Ukrainian opposition party says it has been barred from holding a protest in Kyiv today against President Viktor Yanukovych's policies, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.

The press service of the Svoboda (Liberty) party informed RFE/RL today that the gathering under the slogan "100 Days of Shame and Betrayal" was planned to express discontent with Yanukovych's policies on the eve of the 100th day of his presidency on June 4.

But Svoboda said Kyiv's Regional Administrative Court banned the planned protest on June 2, citing "national security requirements" and the
fact that the request to allow the gathering was sent to the city authorities too late.

Svoboda's leaders consider the ban "a limitation" of their civil rights and "a violation of Ukraine's constitution."