Ukraine court bans protests in central part of capital Kiev


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  • Thursday, 16 Jan 2014

KIEV (Reuters) - A Ukrainian court published on Wednesday a ban on protests in central Kiev, boosting opposition fears of a crackdown on rallies where hundreds of thousands have demonstrated against President Viktor Yanukovich.

Protests broke out in late November after Yanukovich spurned an EU free trade deal in favour of boosting ties with Ukraine's former Soviet master Russia. At least 50,000 marched on Sunday, reviving the movement after a Christmas and New Year lull.

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