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Supporters of Ukraine’s federalization picketed mayor's office in Kharkiv

April 23, 2014, 16:30 UTC+3
Protesters carried a large banner "No elections without a referendum"
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KIEV, April 23. /ITAR-TASS /. Two meetings (opponents and supporters of the current Kiev authorities) were held near Kharkiv City Council. Supporters of the country’s federalization picketed mayor's office, as reported by local media. They carried a large banner "No elections without a referendum". Protesters demanded that the Ukrainian authorities grant Russian the status of an official language. Meanwhile, supporters of Kiev authorities gathered near the Eternal Flame, they chanted slogans in support of the "united and indivisible Ukraine".

The rallies were held without clashes. Police enhanced security before the meetings, increased law enforcement officers who had to prevent clashes, as well as to prevent the possibility of seizure town hall. The deputies of the Kharkiv City council session accepted an appeal to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to adopt a law on a local referendum.

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