POLICE ATTACK PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATORS IN UKRAINE

30.11.13


Police in Ukraine have forcibly broken up a demonstration in Kyiv against the government's refusal to sign a partnership deal with the European Union.

Witnesses said dozens were hurt when police used batons and tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters in the early hours of the morning. 

The US ambassador in Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, condemned what he described as the violence against peaceful demonstrators.

Thousands of people had gathered on Independence Square to protest against President Viktor Yanukovych's rejection of the deal at an EU summit. 

Mr Yanukovych said he was responding to pressure from Russia. The opposition say he has stolen Ukraine’s dream of moving closer to Europe.

BBC World Service News

 

SEE ALSO:

The Economist: Stealing their Dream

EUBusiness: Ukraine opposition seeks early polls after protest crackdown

BBC: Ukraine police disperse EU-deal protesters

Reuters: Ukraine police break up pro-Europe protests, opposition calls for strike

The Guardian: Violent Police Crackdown in Kiev

New York Times: Police Use Tear Gas to Clear Protesters in Kiev

EURONEWS: Ukraine police disperse pro-EU protesters (VIDEO)

BBC: Ukraine protests after Yanukovych EU deal rejection


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