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Ukraine’s Odessa residents do not share protest moods

December 04, 2013, 1:45 UTC+3 ODESSA
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ODESSA, December 03, 23:27 /ITAR-TASS/. Residents of Ukraine’s Black Sea city of Odessa do not share protest moods so widely spread in the Ukrainian capital Kiev. Opposition rallies here fail to draw more than a hundred of participants, along with bystanders.

A rally on Tuesday was held in a format of an “open marathon” and featured no party symbols. Participants demanded the resignation of the Ukrainian president and government. Organizers mounted loudspeakers and parked jeeps around the central square to spotlight the statue of the Duke of Richelieu. They served hot tea to those present and played music.

On Monday evening, the Odessa City Council adopted a message to President Viktor Yanukovich asking him “to take measures to stabilize the situation in the country basing on the people’s will.” Odessa’s lawmakers accused “opposition politicians of attempting to come to power by unconstitutional means.

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