close
This ad will auto close in 10 seconds

Police forcefully break up demonstration in Kiev

Police in the Ukrainian capital broke up a large anti-government demonstration in the city center before dawn, swinging truncheons and injuring many.



Kiev: Police in the Ukrainian capital broke up a large anti-government demonstration in the city center before dawn on Saturday, swinging truncheons and injuring many.

The riot police used tear gas when they dispersed the crowd of about 400 protesters who were demanding the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovych, demonstrators said.

The crowd was the remains of last night gathering that attracted some 10,000 people protesting Yanukovych`s decision not to sign a long-anticipated association agreement with the European Union.

"It was horrible. We were holding a peaceful demonstration and they attacked us," said Lada Tromada. "They threw us away like garbage."

Ambulances were on the scene at Independence Square, and some demonstrators were seen bleeding from their heads and arms.

Police moved in on the demonstration at about 4:30 AM, said one of its organizers, Sergei Milnichenko.

Protests were held in Kiev over the past week since Yanukovych backed away from the agreement. It was to have been signed Friday at an EU summit in the capital of Lithuania, and the passing of that date sparked an especially large turnout of protesters.

Yanukovych abruptly changed course for integration with the EU last week when his government announced it was suspending preparations for signing the agreement.

The move angered many in Ukraine, where nearly half of the population of around 45 million favors closer ties with the EU.

Yanukovych argued that Ukraine can`t afford to sacrifice trade with Russia, which has tried to block the deal by banning some of Ukraine`s imports and threatening more trade sanctions.

From Zee News

0 Comment - Join the Discussions

trending

photo gallery

video


WION FEATURES

K8 Plus: Lenovo's new phone available @ Rs 10,999

Heavy security outside Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters in Sirsa as search operation begins

WATCH Exclusive: After Doklam standoff, India begins road construction near LAC

Hurricane Irma, rampaging through Caribbean, is most enduring super-storm on record

Three train derailments in 1 day, fourth accident narrowly-averted

China says Indian Army chief's views contrary to those expressed by Modi, Xi