Several non-governmental organizations were rallying outside the building of the Cabinet of Ministers on Tuesday against the cancellation of benefits to Chornobyl cleanup workers and Afghan war veterans, UKRINFORM reports.

Some 3,000 to 4,000 people protesting near the building of the government and in the park opposite the Cabinet of Ministers expressed their outrage at the tragic events in Donetsk, when disabled miner Hennadiy Konopliov died on November 27 during the dispersal of Chornobyl cleanup workers who went on a hunger strike.

Chornobyl cleanup workers were handing out leaflets with their demands to pay the money they should have received under court rulings already issued and called on the Prosecutor General's Office to qualify the death of a protester in Donetsk as a deliberate murder.

The protesters also collected signatures to hold a referendum on the dissolution of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

Part of the protesters went to the Ukrainian House, where a unification congress of the Federation of Employers involving government members is being held.

Rallies were also held in large industrial centers - Donetsk and Luhansk. The funeral procession with an empty tomb, with the participation of Chornobyl cleanup workers and other people entitled to benefits, blocked the center of Donetsk. Demonstrators were protesting against government policies and reminded them of the death of hunger striker Konopliov.

In Luhansk, several hundred people gathered outside the building of the regional administration with the demand to dismiss the president and call Deputy Prime Minister Serhiy Tihipko to account.

As reported, 70-year-old miner Hennadiy Konopliov, who participated in the hunger strike in Donetsk, died on Sunday evening.

In connection with the death of the hunger striker, the Emergencies Ministry stated that the deceased suffered a heart attack and that doctors could not save him.

Police have denied their involvement in the death of the Chornobyl cleanup worker.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych instructed Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka to immediately study all of the circumstances of the death of Hennadiy Konopliov, while the opposition BYuT-Batkivshchyna faction demanded the immediate convening of an extraordinary session of parliament and the resignation of concerned ministers due to the tragic accident in Donetsk.

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