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Thursday 31 July 2014

Amnesty deal ends Kiev sit-in

Roland Oliphant in Moscow

Published 17/02/2014|02:30

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Anti-government protesters attend a rally at Independence Square in Kiev
Anti-government protesters attend a rally at Independence Square in Kiev
Anti-government protesters attend a rally at Independence Square in Kiev
Anti-government protesters attend a rally at Independence Square in Kiev
Anti-government protesters are seen as they leave city hall in Kiev
Anti-government protesters are seen as they leave city hall in Kiev February

Ukrainian protesters evacuated Kiev city hall and reopened barricaded roads to traffic yesterday as part of an amnesty deal with the government that could finally defuse tensions on the capital city's streets. It effectively brings to an end a month-long stand-off between police and protesters.

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Reopening blocked streets was a key condition of an amnesty law passed by the government last month. The law led to the release of 236 arrested protesters. But in a surprise "gesture of good will", protesters said they had also evacuated several government buildings they had held since December.

However, protest leaders warned that they will reoccupy buildings and close streets again if the government does not keep its side of the bargain (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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