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Ukrainian Parliament Votes To Repeal Anti-Protest Laws

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Opposition deputies applaud after the voting in the Ukrainian parliament during the extraordinary session in Kiev on January 28, 2014. Ukraine lawmakers on Tuesday scrapped draconian anti-protest laws that have angered the opposition, in a move aimed at bringing a two-month standoff to an end. (Credit: SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Opposition deputies applaud after the voting in the Ukrainian parliament during the extraordinary session in Kiev on January 28, 2014. Ukraine lawmakers on Tuesday scrapped draconian anti-protest laws that have angered the opposition, in a move aimed at bringing a two-month standoff to an end. (Credit: SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

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By Kim Glovas

PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) – Ukraine’s parliament has repealed anti-protest laws that set off months of violent clashes.

Doctor Al Mueller, Dean of Arts and Sciences at Neumann College, says he believes President Viktor Yanukovych is making a move to appease pro-democracy protesters.

Peaceful protests have been underway since November, but things turned violent when the anti-protest law was passed.

Mueller says it’s unbelievable that Yanukovych should even think anti protest laws would work.

“The decision of the Yanukovych government to eliminate protests, was not — we don’t have a word in the English language to describe how dumb this was on the part of the government. It wasn’t just falling out of the stupid tree, it was falling out of the stupid tree and hitting every branch on the way down.”

Muller says there is a very simple reason for that: “Ukrainians get things done through massive protest and they’ve been doing that since 2004.”

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