Mayhem descended on Kyiv today, not far from the city’s Independence Square, after Ukraine’s riot police tried to clear barricades and disperse protesters
following the enactment of new laws
imposing harsh penalties on unauthorized demonstrations and restricting freedom of assembly and speech. Police used tear gas, rubber bullets, and truncheons against protesters, who responded by throwing stones and petrol bombs and igniting tires and garbage. At least two people have been killed
, reportedly by gunfire.
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: Violence erupted when Ukrainian riot police sought to clear protesters and barricades from Hrushevsky Street in downtown Kyiv.
# http://bit.ly/KFgE4PPresident Viktor Yanukovych met with opposition leaders today
in an effort to stem the anti-government protests after two demonstrators were killed, reportedly as a result of gunshot wounds.
# The far-right youth group Pravyy Sektor
has vowed to fight the Ukrainian authorities to the bitter end. What is Pravyy Sektor and where did it come from? Correspondents Claire Bigg and Oleksandr Lashenko report.
: Two journalists with RFE/RL's Ukraine Service
, Radio Svoboda
, describe being http://bit.ly/1cUWqdBbrutally beaten
by members of Ukraine’s Berkut riot police force while they were covering protests that turned violent on January 20.http://bit.ly/1cUWqdB
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