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Ukrainian Police Appeal For Video Footage Of Anti-Tax Protest

Ukrainian police are looking for footage of demonstrators who rallied in protest against the proposed new tax code.
KYIV -- Kyiv police have appealed to all local television companies to provide video materials shot during recent anti-Tax Code protests on the city's Independence Square, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.

According to the Interior Ministry's press service, the video materials are needed to investigate the alleged destruction of city property by protesters. The investigation was launched on December 6.

Thousands of small and medium-sized business owners and opposition activists protested from November 22 till December 3, with many of them camping on the square. They reject the new tax code adopted by the parliament in mid-November.

The protesters set up a tent camp on the square which was forcibly cleared by police on December 3. Police say that when the tents were removed, they discovered that protesters had hammered iron spikes into the paving stones, causing considerable damage.

An investigation was opened into the "premeditated destruction of city property."

In a concession to protesters, President Viktor Yanukovych vetoed the tax code legislation adopted in November, but the protests continued even after parliament passed a revised version on December 2.

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