Riot police are currently advancing on the protesters camped out in Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti) in Kyiv, the latest development in the violent struggle between government and demonstrators in Ukraine that has so far left nearly a dozen dead.
The protests have been ongoing since early November when Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych seeming to turn his back on the European Union, forgoing a series of treaties that would have opened Ukraine to E.U. markets and adopted more than three hundred E.U. laws as their own. The so-called EuroMaidan protests swelled to more than 350,000 Ukrainians gathered in the streets, despite — or perhaps because of — the brutal crackdown ordered to suppress the movement. After a few weeks and the intervention of Russia in the form of a $15 billion bailout, however, the protests appeared to be dying down. They came roaring back, however, after the passage of a series of draconian laws curtailing freedom to assemble and quash dissent.
Demonstrators had earlier this week abandoned their posts in Kyiv’s City Hall — which they had occupied for nearly three months — as part of the deal struck with the government to provide amnesty to those who had taken part in the protests and the revocation of the anti-protest laws. Days later, however, the scene stands as it is currently unfolding, with riot police numbering in the hundreds advancing on the square with water cannons blasting at the barricades. In response, demonstrators continue to launch Molotov cocktails at the police formations and shine bright lasers at the guardsmen’s faces in an attempt to blind them as the Ukrainian national anthem waves. The Ukranian government earlier on Tuesday confirmed that at least seven protesters and two police officers have died in Tuesday’s fighting.
Demonstrators had earlier this week abandoned their posts in Kyiv’s City Hall — which they had occupied for nearly three months
So, who is paying these people ? Most of these demonstrators are men who are the right age to have families to support, you can't do that by not working for months
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A total of 47 police officers were injured, the Interior Ministry said. As violence continued, the ministry said metro stations were closed, and Kiev officials urged residents to stay away from the city center to avoid danger.
The protesters' medical service said more than 150 people were hurt in Tuesday's clashes.
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