On November 20 Maydan hosted the meeting of the Progressive Socialist Party as it was planned before. Hundreds of leftists waving Russian flags rallied in Ukraine's capital Sunday to condemn the country's plans to celebrate the anniversary of last year's Orange Revolution.
The rally's organizer, the radical Progressive Socialist Party, supports warm ties with Russia and is wary of closer relations with the West.
Sunday's protest came two days ahead of Ukraine's official celebrations marking the beginning of last year's Orange Revolution mass protests, which helped usher the pro-Western Yushchenko into power. Yushchenko said Saturday he hopes to make Nov. 22 an annual holiday called Freedom Day.
"Yushchenko out!" shouted hundreds of protesters, some carrying portraits of Russian czars and Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. Representatives of losing presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovych handed out leaflets condemning the holiday plan.
The majority of the participants were paid UAH 30 and UAH 40 in case they would bring 10 volunteers wishing to get UAH 30. A son of Censor’s contributor having wished to earn some money on the weekends told about this “progressive meeting.”
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