Updated at 20:27,19-11-2020

Strainers on heads: EuroMaidan's response to anti-protest law


Ukraine's protesters are greeting the news of the Rada's amending the law: now people are forbidden to wear hardcaps, helmets and masks during demonstrations.

But Ukrainian go-getters have found the way out: they start protecting their head with … strainers.

As the law does not specify what masks are not allowed girls are afraid to put on beauty packs, internauts joke.

Strainers on heads: EuroMaidan's response to anti-protest law

Photo from Euhenia Tsvetanskaya's Facebook.

On January 16, 2014 Ukrainian opposition leaders rallied supporters in Kyiv's central Independence Square, hours after members of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's Party of the Regions rammed a sweeping law through parliament in an attempt to curb anti-government protests, reuters.com reported.

The law, backed by 235 of 450 lawmakers, said unauthorized installation of tents, stages or amplifiers in public places in Ukraine would be punished by a fine of up to $640 or by up to 15 days in detention. People and organisations who provided facilities or equipment for unauthorized meetings would be liable to a fine of up $1,275 or by detention of up to 10 days.

The decision in parliament, taken suddenly by a show of hands which caught the opposition off-guard, followed a court ban on protests in Kiev, boosting opposition fears of an imminent police crackdown.