Protesters had been camped out there since last week, furious at President Viktor Yanukovych for backing out of a pact with the EU at the last minute under heavy Russian pressure.
Police claimed they cleared the square to help preparations for New Year’s festivities, including setting up a giant Christmas tree. They arrested 35 protesters, most of whom were released within a few hours.
(photo) Police attacking protesters hitting them to the ground in Kiev #ukraine #euromaidan, #Ñ”Ð²Ñ€Ð¾Ð¼Ð°Ð¹Ð´Ð°Ð½
The violence was a shock for Ukraine, which has a history of peaceful protests. Yanukovych’s chief of staff, Serhiy Lyovochkin, resigned hours later, Interfax and the Kyiv Post reported.
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Riot police attempted to get inside.
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Repression against pro-EU manifestations in Kiev deeply worrying. We follow events. http://t.co/FpQqhyNhhN
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#Ukraine:authorities refrained from signing #AssocAgreement/DCFTA but they should not refrain from respecting freedom of assembly&expression
Condemn beating of peaceful protesters in #Kyiv #Maidan Nezalezhnosti. Use of brutal force is unacceptable
Now there is a second Belarus in Eastern Europe: “@AJEnglish: Police break up protest in Ukraine’s capital http://t.co/MqZqhiZ3Z8”
for/about the Ukrainian journalists: it’s like to make a reportage about your own house burning #ukraine #police #euromaidan #Ñ”Ð²Ñ€Ð¾Ð¼Ð°Ð¹Ð´Ð°Ð½
“November 30 was the start of the Belarusification of Ukraine.”
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I have no words. I am deeply shocked. They beated up peacefully standing people. We can’t live in such country! We need help #Ñ”Ð²Ñ€Ð¾Ð¼Ð°Ð¹Ð´Ð°Ð½
We are Ukrainian people, please, save us from the tyranny of government. #Ñ”Ð²Ñ€Ð¾Ð¼Ð°Ð¹Ð´Ð°Ð½
I’m really horrified by last events at #euromaidan. Nobody expected such demonstration of inhumanity!! #Ð„Ð²Ñ€Ð¾Ð¼Ð°Ð¹Ð´Ð°Ð½ http://t.co/3Ath3Urjdi
The fight for Ukraine’s independence is just now starting. It WILL be a fight. #Ñ”Ð²Ñ€Ð¾Ð¼Ð°Ð¹Ð´Ð°Ð½ #euromaidan http://t.co/TLPOw3m1Kd