16.11.2010 10:55

Parliament considers Tax Code, mass protests are being held in Ukraine. VIDEO, PHOTOS


Joint protest actions against adoption of the Tax and Labor Codes will be held all over Ukraine. Requirements of independent trade unions and supported by entrepreneurs.

Today, on November 16, the Verkhovna Rada will consider the second reading of the draft Tax Code. According to the agenda, the Parliament will proceed to this issue after the speeches of MP of each faction, at approximately 10:30 am.

Meanwhile, independent trade unions of small and medium-size business that are not part of the Federation of Trade Unions of Ukraine, are going to hold all-Ukrainian joint protest action against adoption of the Tax and Labor Codes.

Viacheslav Roi reminded that two weeks ago, on November 4, the Federation of Trade Unions of workers in small and medium business of Ukraine expressed its support for the entrepreneurs' protest against the governmental draft Tax Code. It also reported that on November 16 protests against the adoption of the Tax and the Labor Codes will be held in many cities across the country.

About 50,000 entrepreneurs from all regions of Ukraine are expected to gather near the Verkhovna Rada today. Organizers of the protests fear that law enforcement agencies can arrange a provocation against the businessmen participating in actions against the adoption of the Tax Code. Therefore, volunteers, members of voluntary police will be present at every square to counter such actions. They should neutralize the provocation.

The protesters said that their demands have changed now. Previously they hoped for a compromise while adopting the Code, now the protesters want to defer the adoption of this option of the Tax Code until a new version will apear, but with the participation of entrepreneurs.

As the MIGnews.com.ua correspondent reports, as of 9:30 am near the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine more than five thousand protesters have gathered from all regions of Ukraine, as evidenced by the slogans and banners. The representatives of church and taxi drivers have joined the protesters.

The morning session of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has been opened.

12:33 am The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has begun to consider the Tax Code. Draft Tax Code (second reading) was presented by MP of the Regions Party, the head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Taxation and Customs Policy Vitalii Khomutynnyk.

Before that, the deputies took several decisions. First, they refused to include a live broadcast from the session hall to the street where thousands of entrepreneurs are protesting there. Secondly, the Parliament voted the following decision: to continue the evening session until 10:00 pm.

As of 11:50 am about 12,000 entrepreneurs have gathered near the Verkhovna Rada, who told about their intention to picket the parliament till the evening.

In addition, entrepreneurs adopted an appeal to the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, which was read out by means of loudspeakers. They demand from the Head of State to make every effort not to allow adoption of a new Tax Code. In the case if the Tax Code is adopted, entrepreneurs promise to announce a nationwide protest.

By Yulia Makoveeva, MIGnews.com.ua


 01:55 pm Employees of the Interior Ministry have apprehended one of the organizers of the protest action near the parliament, leader of the Coalition of members of the Orange Revolution Serhii Melnychenko. He reported on the apprehension calling one of his friends, journalists. Serhii Melnychenko applied for a rally near the Parliament. According to him, he is charged with violation of the order to hold mass protests (Art. 185, Part 2 of the Administrative Code of Ukraine).

The police officials have said they intend to institute criminal proceedings against the organizers of the protest action of entrepreneurs for unauthorized blocking of traffic of motor transport on Hrushevskoho vulytsia.

The number of protestors against the adoption of the Tax Code is increasing - over 30 thousand people have gathered near the Verkhovna Rada. Protesters are throwing into the courtyard of the parliament toilet paper, kopecks, tomatoes, and large plastic bottles of mineral water.

Meanwhile, Head of the General Directorate of Interior Ministry of Ukraine in Kyiv Oleksii Krykun warned: "We are ready that radical rally participants may provoke a situation that would entail the rejection of the bill which is under consideration today in the Verkhovna Rada."


 05:50 pm The representatives of small and medium-sized business have come into the Verkhovna Rada with the intention to criticize the Tax Code.

As the MIGnew.com.ua correspondent reports, they are accompanied by MP, leader of the Regions Party faction Oleksandr Yefremov. They have gone to the second floor where the negotiating table is.

At the moment the meeting is going on. Interests of the protesters are represented by 20 people.

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