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Protesters picketing television centre in Donetsk

April 27, 2014, 18:13 UTC+3 DONETSK
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DONETSK, April 27. /ITAR-TASS/. Protesters in Ukraine’s eastern city of Donetsk are picketing the building of the regional television centre, local media report on Sunday.

According to media reports, they have hoisted the flag of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic over the building. Protesters demand an unbiased coverage of the developments in the Ukrainian southeastern regions. Some of them have got into the building.

Earlier on Sunday, a rally in Donetsk’s central Lenin Square gathered about 3,000 participants. The rally began with a minute of silence in the memory of Berkut police unit officers who had been killed in clashes with radicals in Kiev’s Independence Square and activists killed by Right Sector radicals at a check point in Slavyansk in the Easter night.

Protesters demanded a referendum on federalization of Ukraine, chanting slogans “No to bloody Kiev junta!” and “Stop the occupation of Donbas [a large Ukrainian coalmining region]!” Activists of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic fenced off the square to ensure law and order at the rally.

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