[In legal terms an amnesty is an official pardon for persons who have been convicted of an offence. An amnesty means any sentence passed by a court is quashed. ]
However, if by February 17th protesters do not vacate local authority buildings currently being occupied in many cities throughout the country and do not unblock streets in central Kyiv, this idiotic law will expire.
It means, for example, protesters in one city, who are currently being detained or are under house arrest but have not faced any legal procedure and are hence totally innocent, will continue to be detained unless protesters in another city, perhaps hundreds of kilometres away to which they are not connected in any way, vacate occupied buildings.
This law is legalised hostage-taking...there can be no other way to describe it.
This law is also totally unworkable - some demonstrators are still being arrested [e.g. four former Afgan vets from Maidan were arrested yesterday when they handed over a pickpocket to the police] whilst at the same time others are being released on bail, or are being placed under house arrest. There also continue to be many creditable reports of maltreatment of activists in isolation units.
For protesters release of their colleagues is number one priority. Everyone knows no buildings will be vacated until prisoners are all freed. Opposition party leaders have no power to influence protesters holding these buildings and manning barricades - Yanukovych and his PoR deputies are well aware of this too.
All of this provides further confirmation of the Kafkaesque nature of Ukraine's legal system and the arbitrary, almost random manner in which it is applied.
Lots of groups, many not really associated with one another, [see list below] are participating in protest actions, but Maidan Self-Defence have declared government buildings will be emptied if all detainees are released.