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 Protests near Rada building in Kyiv on Oct. 17. PHOTOS+VIDEO

At around 9 a.m., protesters started arriving at the parliamentary building, the Verkhovna Rada, in Kyiv.

Censor.NET correspondent reported from the scene.
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Video by Oleh Bohachuk for Censor.NET

At around 10 p.m., about 1,000 protesters gathered at the Verhovna Rada building in Kyiv. The access to the Constitution Square near the parliament is allowed through police checkpoints and metal detecting frames.

See more: Police does not allow Automaidan cars to Rada. PHOTOS

The protesters held banners reading their demands, including creation of Anti-corruption court, abolishing of parliamentary immunity, and enhancement of social protection (increase in pension payments, salaries, protection of Chornobyl disaster victims, and more loyal rates).

Flags and other insignia of various political parties are seen: Samopomich, Batkivshchyna, Hromadianska Pozytsia, Demokrarychnyi Alians, Rukh Novykh Syl, National Corps.

Activists with KyivPride flags joined the demonstration some time later.

Automaidan activists' cars were not allowed to the Rada building.

See more: Government block in Kyiv downtown closed, Rada building circled with two rows of National Guard and police, - MP Nayyem. PHOTOS

Some protesters have gathered at Committee Building of the Verkhovna Rada.

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Enhanced security at the governmental block.

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Metal detecting frames are used at police checkpoints.

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The parliament building taken under enhanced security.

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Activists are holding political parties' flags and banners.

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Automaidan vehicles were not allowed to the Rada building.

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Read more: Several public transport routes to be changed on Oct. 17 in Kyiv, - City Administration

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KyivPride members joined the protest.

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Former Odesa governor Mikheil Saakashvili spoke to the protesters.

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Protesters unveiled a banner in support of Kremlin-held prisoners, including Crimean Tatar Ilmi Umerov.

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Independent MP Nadiia Savchenko speaking to protesters.

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