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Scuffles Break Out At Ukrainian President's Residence

The chairman of the Democratic Alliance youth organization, Vasyl Hetsko, and the head of its Kyiv branch, Maksym Panov, were jailed after a protest action held on April 10 outside the presidential residence near Mezhyriya. They had been protesting against the poor conditions of roads and infrastructure in Ukraine, which many blame on high-level corruption among government officials. After the two men were forcefully taken to a police station and later transferred to prison, protesters organized a second rally on April 15 near Mezhyriya to demand their immediate release. This protest was met by special riot police whose uniforms had been stripped of all labels and tags. Although the demonstration had been officially approved, police requested that the activists be taken into custody. (8 PHOTOS)