Ukraine is preparing amendments to antiprotest laws: Yanukovych

25 January 2014 12:55
KYIV (QHA) - Experts from the authorities and the opposition are working out amendments to the laws adopted by the Verkhovna Rada on January 16 so as to put them to a vote at an extraordinary session of the Verkhovna Rada next Tuesday, reports Ukrinform. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said this at a meeting with the leaders of churches and religious organizations on Friday, the presidential press service reported. "We decided to hold an extraordinary session as a crisis session. At this session it is planned to consider the issue of amendments to the laws that have been adopted. Experts on both sides are currently working on this issue, they are working on amendments, finding common ground, and with a common position we will come to parliament and vote," he said. He said that these laws had been criticized from the first day, so "it's necessary to read them and see which of them bring some benefits, which of them have European standards and which of them were adopted in modern countries and work." As reported, on January 16, 2014, Ukrainian Parliament passed several controversial bills that include: a ban on the unauthorised installation of tents, stages or amplifiers in public places; provision to arrest protesters wearing masks or helmets; a ban on protests involving more than five vehicles in convoy and hefty fines or jail for breaches of law. The adoption of the laws caused deep resonance all over the World. Mass protests in Kyiv turned to violent clashes.At least 5 people were killed, hundreds injured.