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UK: Protesters slam Ukraine for banning communist party01:50

UK: Protesters slam Ukraine for banning communist party

United Kingdom, London
January 19, 2016 at 12:08 GMT +00:00 · Published

Protesters gathered outside the Ukrainian embassy in London, Tuesday, to protest against the banning of the Communist Party of Ukraine.

Around 20 activists, organised by the Communist part of Britain, protested outside the embassy with banners, placards and communist flags. They protesters called on Ukraine to lift the ban against the Communist Party and for the full "restoration of all democratic rights."

The General Secretary of the Communist Party in Britain, Robert Griffiths pointed out that "Ukraine appears to be heading down to road of fascism," adding that "fascism invariably begins with the suppression of communist parties, with the serious erosion of democratic rights and with attacks on free trade unionism, and we're seeing all of those things in Ukraine today."

In what many claim was a violation of freedom of expression, the Communist Party of Ukraine was officially banned in December, 2015, with the Ukrainian government claiming the party was using Soviet symbols and use of the term "Communist," both of which were banned in Ukraine.

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Protesters gathered outside the Ukrainian embassy in London, Tuesday, to protest against the banning of the Communist Party of Ukraine.

Around 20 activists, organised by the Communist part of Britain, protested outside the embassy with banners, placards and communist flags. They protesters called on Ukraine to lift the ban against the Communist Party and for the full "restoration of all democratic rights."

The General Secretary of the Communist Party in Britain, Robert Griffiths pointed out that "Ukraine appears to be heading down to road of fascism," adding that "fascism invariably begins with the suppression of communist parties, with the serious erosion of democratic rights and with attacks on free trade unionism, and we're seeing all of those things in Ukraine today."

In what many claim was a violation of freedom of expression, the Communist Party of Ukraine was officially banned in December, 2015, with the Ukrainian government claiming the party was using Soviet symbols and use of the term "Communist," both of which were banned in Ukraine.

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