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Kharkov authorities looking at banning rallies on May holidays

April 20, 2015, 23:56 UTC+3 KIEV
It is risky to hold rallies in conditions of the current difficult situation in the country, Kharkov deputy mayor Igor Terekhov said
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KIEV, April 20. /TASS/. The authorities in Ukraine’s Black Sea port city of Kharkov plan to ban rallies and marches in a period from April 20 to May 10, a spokesman for the city state administration said on Monday.

"Ukraine’s Security Service has asked the city council to ban any unofficial gatherings from April 20 to May 10," the spokesman said.

It is risky to hold rallies in conditions of the current difficult situation in the country, especially ahead of the May holidays, Kharkov deputy mayor Igor Terekhov said.

An explosive device went off during a march dedicated to the anniversary of Euromaidan [Maidan is the name for downtown Kiev's Independence Square, which is the symbol of Ukrainian protests. The words "Maidan" and "Euromaidan" are used as a collective name for anti-government protests in Ukraine that started when President Viktor Yanukovich refused to sign an association agreement with the European Union in 2013] in Kharkov on February 22. The regional prosecutor’s office said it was an anti-personnel radio-controlled mine with a yield of two kilograms of TNT. The explosion was classified as a terrorist act, a criminal case was opened.

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