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Daria Lytwyn gives the thumbs-up from the sun roof of a car during a car rally held by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress — Manitoba Provincial Council to raise awareness about the situation in Ukraine and showing solidarity with the Ukrainian people.

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Daria Lytwyn gives the thumbs-up from the sun roof of a car during a car rally held by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress — Manitoba Provincial Council to raise awareness about the situation in Ukraine and showing solidarity with the Ukrainian people. Photo Store

Close to 100 motorists took part in a car rally in Winnipeg like the "Automaidan" demonstrations in Ukraine to pay tribute to the Kyiv opposition activist whose bloodied, beaten face was seen in news reports around the world last week.

Dmytro Bulatov, 35, was a member of Automaidan, a group of car owners that has taken part in the protests against President Viktor Yanukovych. Bulatov went missing Jan. 22 then turned up last week after being tortured and having his ear cut off.

"We’re doing this to honour him," Oksana Bondarchuk, president of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress’s Manitoba council, said before the rally on Saturday. "He spearheaded Automaidan"

The demonstrators in Winnipeg gathered outside the Manitoba Legislative Building to show their solidarity with the pro-independence movement in Ukraine. They drove through Winnipeg’s downtown and past the Canadian Museum for Human Rights at The Forks before gathering at St. Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral on Burrows Avenue for a town hall meeting with a live video feed from the Maidan in Kyiv.

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