Opposition protesters in the Ukraine on Sunday left the Kiev city hall after occupying it for two-and-a-half months with the expectation that all legal and administrative cases brought against more than 230 people arrested during the popular protests in this country since late November will be annulled.
The three opposition groups heading the popular protest in the Ukraine thus complied with the requirements of the amnesty law and are expecting the Attorney General's Office to announce full pardons for all demonstrators and opposition members charged with legal violations.
The activists maintained a picket line at the doors of the city hall a few hundred meters (yards) from the focal point of the protest on Independence Square in Kiev, and they are prepared to occupy the building again if Attorney General Viktor Pshonka does not announce the implementation of the amnesty.
On the weekend, protesters also abandoned the offices of the central government in Poltava, a city in central Ukraine, and also in the regions of Ivano-Frankovsk, Lvov and Ternopol, all in the western part of the country, the bastion of the nationalist opposition.
Two days ago, authorities released the last of the 234 people arrested during the massive nationwide protests, but the cases against them will not be shelved until the opposition complies with all the conditions of the amnesty law approved by the governing party's majority in Parliament.
Thousands of demonstrators, however, are continuing their protests on Independence Square, with hundreds of them having established themselves there for the indefinite future in a mini-city of campaign tents with the ultimate aim of securing the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovich and forcing early elections. EFE