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ODESSA, May 01. /ITAR-TASS/. Despite hot weather, thousands of people in the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa marched through its central streets on Thursday, May 1, carrying placards that read “Odessa Is a Hero City”, “Referendum” and “Fascism Won’t Pass”.
The procession stopped in the city’s Kulikovo Field where activists from the public movement People’s Alternative had set up a tent city to collect signatures in support of a referendum on decentralization of power, the official status of the Russian language and the foreign policy vector of the country.
The speakers assured their supporters that “the protesters will not leave the Kulikovo Field until the authorities meet our demands for a referendum and release of our comrades arrested by the Ukrainian security service”.
The rally went off peacefully, without provocations from the supporters of the new Kiev authorities. Odessa’s city administration leaders appointed by Kiev put local police on high alert ahead of the event, with 1,400 police officers ensuring law and order during the May 1 holidays.