Political face-off outside Tymoshenko’s courtroom

Pro-Tymoshenko rally outside of the courtroom.
Wearing Orange to symbolize the revolution that Tymoshenko led in 2004.
Homemade sign
One passionate Tymoshenko supporter.
Facing Yanokovych's side.
Yanokovych's rally was kept behind barricades. Press was not allowed inside.Yanokovych's rally was kept behind barricades. No press were allowed inside.
When one young flag bearer stepped out of line, he was quickly yanked back into place.When one young flag bearer stepped out of line, he was quickly yanked back into place.
Yanokovych's protestors seemed largely uninterested in what they were doing.Yanokovych's protestors seemed largely uninterested in what they were doing.
Police guarded the entrance to the courthouse.Police guarded the entrance to the courthouse.
Police enforced the narrow seperation zone between the opposing sides.Police enforced the narrow seperation zone between the opposing sides.
For the most part, the rally remained peaceful with demonstrators calmy holding signs and photographs.For the most part, the rally remained peaceful with demonstrators calmy holding signs and photographs.
The majority of pro-Tymoshenko ralliers were older women.The majority of pro-Tymoshenko ralliers were older women.
A supporter displays a photograph of the former PM with her signature braid.A supporter displays a photograph of the former PM with her signature braid.
Protestors gathered in front of shops on Kreschatik- Kyiv's main street.Protestors gathered in front of shops on Kreschatik- Kyiv's main street.

Since Yulia Tymoshenko’s criminal trial began in June, supporters of the former prime minister, who is in court on multiple abuse of power charges, have been flooding the street outside of her court room.

On Friday, Tymoshenko supporters faced off with President Viktor Yanokovich’s demonstrators. Using giant stacks of amplifiers, the two groups blasted anthems and slogans at eachother.

Tymoshenko’s supporters, mostly older Ukrainians passionately defended their beloved leader with flags, photographs and homemade posters. On the other side of the road, men in suits roamed through a neat grid of flag bearers, occasionally yanking a teenager back in place, or looking suspiciously across the barricades they had erected around them.

It is suspected, and from what I saw it seems to be true, that Yanokovych’s party has paid these “protestors” for their time.

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