Controversial anti-protest laws in Ukraine come into force

Protesters burn car tires as they clash with police in central Kiev, Ukraine, early Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

KIEV: Controversial anti-protest laws that sparked unprecedented riots in Ukraine entered force on Tuesday after they were officially published in a government newspaper.

The new laws that ban virtually all forms of protest in the ex-Soviet country were officially published in the Golos Ukrainy (the Voice of Ukraine) parliament newspaper despite calls from the West and opposition to reverse the legislation.

The move raised fears the authorities could use the legislation to act violently to disperse the protest.





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