Ukrainian protests held for, against Communists
March 18, 1997
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SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (CNN) -- About 3,500 people took to the streets to demand a return to Communism in Ukraine's southern peninsula of Crimea on Tuesday during a "Day of Action" against unpaid wages in the former Soviet republic.
Left-wing groups had tried to organize a national strike, and
Communist deputies left the chamber in the capital Kiev. But a coal-mining official in Donetsk said only eight of 250 mines were on strike.
Also Tuesday, more than a thousand nationalists rallied
outside the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev, demanding back
wages and calling on the president to curb corruption and
push economic reforms. They denounced the Communist protest and called for the removal of Communists from government posts.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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