January 17, 2014
Pro-government lawmakers on Thursday pushed legislation through Ukraine’s parliament on Thursday that criminalised acts of protest, an apparent bid to undermine months of demonstrations against President Viktor Yanukovych.
Backed by 235 of Ukraine’s 450 lawmakers, blockading public buildings will now be punishable by up to five years in prison.
Protesters who wear masks or helmets will face a fine or an administrative arrest while the dissemination of slander online was also banned, punishable by a fine or up to one year of corrective labour.
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