Τρίτη, 23 Δεκεμβρίου 2008

Thousands protest in Ukraine

Thousands protest in Ukraine
Thousands of trade unionists have taken to the streets in Ukraine to protest against cuts in wages and benefits and to demand action to ease the country’s economic crisis. The demonstrators marched through Kiev calling for social justice, and called for an end to food price rises. Ukraine has been hard hit by the global financial crisis, and its currency has plummeted in value. The protestors came from across the country. They warned that if their demands were not met by February, they would strike to force the government to do its job or resign. Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has said several times that she will not cut benefits. However, with industrial production in severe decline and unemployment expected to double in the coming months, she faces a daunting winter of discontent.
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President Yushchenko planning state of emergency -
KIEV, December 24 (RIA Novosti) - Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko plans to declare a state of emergency in the country and cancel all elections, the country's prime minister said on Wednesday. "The president's aim is not only to benefit at the cost of Ukraine's grief and with the backing of his supporters, but to also declare the country bankrupt, to make the country's economy absolutely unworkable and to use this base to continue his bungling rule and to introduce a state of emergency and cancel elections...," Yulia Tymoshenko said. "I want to stop this process," she added. Tymoshenko also urged the president, who she said had completely lost the esteem of a head of state, to volunteer to resign. "If he [Yushchenko] has retained a grain of conscience, he must resign," the prime minister told the press.

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