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Motorists with EU car plates suspend protest

"It makes no sense to stand in the regions, on motorways, on the border."

Motorists with EU car plates suspend protest
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Auto Euro Syla, a movement of Ukrainian motorists driving cars with foreign registration, has suspended its "civil disobedience" act, its leader Oleh Yaroshevych has announced.

"We are forced to suspend our rally outside parliament: it makes no sense to stand here. It makes no sense to stand in the regions, on motorways, or on the border," he said.

Yaroshevych said it had nothing to do with Interior Minister Arsen Avakov's threats to unblock the roads by force.

"I do not want any misunderstandings or clashes with police. All our rallies must be in a civilized format," he added.

The movement plans to hold its next rally after the bills regulating the customs registration of cars with foreign registration are sent to the president for signing.

For two days, members of the movement have been picketing parliament and blocking roads across the country, demanding that MPs amend the bills in their favour.

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