Ukrainian opposition plans antipresidential rally

On October 12, an action of protest will be staged in Kiev with the aim of toppling incumbent President Leonid Kuchma. It is scheduled to start at 14:00, local time, in the center of Kiev.

Organizers of the People's Tribunal action which is part of the Up, Ukraine protest action are the Communist Party, the Socialist Party and the Yulia Timoshenko block. Supporters of Victor Yuschenko's bloc Our Ukraine promise to join in.

The opposition has sent an invitation to the Ukrainian president to "come to the people's tribunal" and chief of the presidential staff Victor Medvedchuk has been invited as defence lawyer, said an opposition leader Yulia Timoshenko.

According to the organizers, similar tribunals will be arranged in many cities across Ukraine, with accusations against the authorities to be put forward with account for local specifics.

In Kiev, the opposition will charge the president according to 30 articles of the Criminal Code, such as sales of Kolchuga radars to Iraq.

In the meantime, on Friday the Shevchenkovski local court in Kiev disallowed the Kiev committees of the Communist Party, the Socialist Party and the Yulia Timoshenko bloc to stage mass actions in the center of Kiev because they may entail mass unrest and impinge on citizen rights. The court also banned outdoor meetings between parliament deputies and electors in the city center and obliged the local authorities to allot proper premises for the purpose.