Tymoshenko Bloc Calls For Nationwide Protests In Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukraine's Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc has called for the start of nationwide protests action against the "anti-crisis" coalition comprising its political rivals.

Yulia Tymoshenko

The call follows the start of a blockade of the Supreme Rada, parliament, after Tuesday's announcement that the pro-Russia Party of Regions, the Communist Party and the Socialists had formed a coalition to replace the conglomerate of parties that came to power after the 2004 "orange revolution" but failed to form a new government after the March 24 parliamentary vote, reports Trend.

"We declare the start of a campaign against the anti-crisis coalition that will have no deadline," Oleksandr Turchinov, one of the Tymoshenko bloc leaders, told supporters gathered near parliament Wednesday.

During a parliamentary session Tuesday, turmoil broke out as members of the 450-seat legislature started several fist fights, traded insults, and attempted to drown each other out with sirens and megaphones.

Turchinov said rallies would be held throughout Ukraine until President Viktor Yushchenko dissolves parliament.

The "orange coalition" - the ex-premier-led Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc, pro-presidential Our Ukraine bloc and the Socialists - broke up over the election of Socialist leader Oleksandr Moroz as Speaker of the Supreme Rada in breach of previous agreements within the coalition.

Several thousands of supporters of different political forces have been rallying in front of the Rada since Wednesday.

Source: Trend