Ukrainian president repeals anti-protesting law, protestors continue to demonstrate

By Hannah Gullickson,

In lieu of Ukraine’s recent protests, which were sparked by the Ukrainian president’s veto against European Union membership, the Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych passed a law to abolish the anti-protesting laws that had chafed the Ukrainian protestors.

According to the Associated Press, the Justice Minister Elena Lukash said that the arrested demonstrators would be released under amnesty if only the remaining demonstrators would stop occupying buildings and end their camp-out protests at Kiev’s Independence Square.

The crowds gathered outside Kiev did not immediately respond to the announcement. However, the anti-protesting law will allow the arrested demonstrators to be released and to potentially stop any further demonstrations from occurring.

Despite this news of release, the demonstration leaders refused to budge.

According to Reuters, a spokesman for the Party of the regions, Mykhailo Chechetov, said he was confident that Ukraine’s parliament “will not be voting for the resignation of the government.” He also noted that they would fight the repeal of the law.

Even after the president’s party and the opposition’s leaders met on Monday to discuss some resolution, the protestors continued to beleaguer the president for severing any hopes of joining the European Union, angered by his connection to Russia.

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