Yulia Tymoshenko expressed her support for the small business owners protesting outside the Verkhovna Rada against the adoption of the government’s tax code.

"As the experience of other countries has shown, what’s most important is that you not stop. What do they expect? They expect that you will gather here for a few hours and then go home to put up with all this. They’ll only start taking you into account if you don’t give in and take this matter to the end," Yulia Tymoshenko told the protesters.

She said that if the tax code is adopted, business owners must continue to defend their rights by striking outside the presidential administration building, demanding that the president not sign the tax code into law.

"If they press the button and adopt this tax code, we must continue the fight. After parliament adopts the tax code, the president has to sign it. Therefore, our next step should be to go to his palace and tell him not to sign it," she said, according to Tymoshenko's official website.

Yulia Tymoshenko stressed that only public pressure can prevent the tax code from being adopted and entering into force. "I want to believe that if tens of thousands of people across the country take a stand, we have a chance of stopping this document."

She thanked the business owners that weren’t afraid to publicly express their disapproval of the government’s actions. "Consolidate Ukraine, consolidate society, delivery information to those people who today accept the television news as the absolute truth," she added.

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