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Ukraine president approves amnesty, repeals anti-protest laws

Published on Jan 31, 2014 10:15 PM
 
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on Friday, Jan 31, 2014, signed a law offering an amnesty to jailed opposition activists and repealed controversial laws cracking down on protests, his office said. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

KIEV (AFP) - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on Friday signed a law offering an amnesty to jailed opposition activists and repealed controversial laws cracking down on protests, his office said.

The amnesty bill passed by parliament on Wednesday gives protesters a 15-day deadline to vacate the public buildings they have occupied in order for it to be implemented.

Under the law, protesters will have to vacate the flashpoint Grushevsky Street in the capital Kiev, where several activists were shot dead during bitter clashes with security forces during a recent outbreak of violence.

They will also have to leave streets and squares they have been occupying "except those where peaceful protest actions are taking place".

 
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