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Clashes In Kyiv As Workers Clear Barricades

Demonstrators clashed with city employees in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, on August 7 as the workers tried to clear barricades and tents from Independence Square. Protesters set fire to piles of tires and threw bottles and bricks at the municipal workers, who eventually withdrew. After the mass antigovernment protests that ousted pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych last winter, hundreds of protesters have remained on Independence Square, saying they want to ensure the new government follows through on reforms.

An activist runs from a burning barricade on Khreshchatyk Street near Independence Square, also known as the Maidan.
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An activist runs from a burning barricade on Khreshchatyk Street near Independence Square, also known as the Maidan.

An Orthodox priest throws a tire as activists clash with volunteer servicemen trying to protect municipal workers.
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An Orthodox priest throws a tire as activists clash with volunteer servicemen trying to protect municipal workers.

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Activists clash with volunteer security forces on Independence Square.
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Activists clash with volunteer security forces on Independence Square.

An activist wounded in clashes with city workers and security forces
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An activist wounded in clashes with city workers and security forces

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Kyiv city employees dismantle barricades that have stood on Independence Square for months.
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Kyiv city employees dismantle barricades that have stood on Independence Square for months.

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Remaining tents and barricades on Independence Square
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Remaining tents and barricades on Independence Square

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