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Kiev protesters seize Justice Ministry building after day of calm

Protesters in Kiev seized the Justice Ministry building near Independence Square on Sunday, following a day of calm. It comes one day after rioters seiged a convention center in the capital where police were stationed. Rioters seized the building on Sunday evening. "At 22:38 security in the building called in an attempted seizure of the building. Information was confirmed, the building remains seized," police said, according to Unian news agency. Local media reported that no one was hurt during the seizure of the building. Following the incident, activist group Common Cause claimed responsibility for the seizure, posting a message on their Facebook page. Ukrainian Justice Minister Elena Lukash has said she will ask the National Security and Defense Council to introduce a state of emergency if rioters do not leave the ministry building. "If the protesters do not leave the Justice Ministry building in half an hour I will ask the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine to impose the state of emergency," she told Inter TV channel. Lukash said the ministry building was captured just when the last amendments were being made to the law "On Changes to the Constitution of Ukraine" in order to return to the 2004 text of the constitution.



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