Saturday 25 November 2017

Probe into Ukrainian police action

Pro-European integration protesters hold up their mobile phones during a concert in a camp at Independence Square in Kiev
Pro-European integration protesters hold up their mobile phones during a concert in a camp at Independence Square in Kiev

UKRAINIAN authorities moved to appease the thousands of demonstrators who have been barricaded in the centre of the Ukrainian capital for weeks by yesterday opening investigations against four top officials over the violent police response to a small anti-government demonstration last month.

But the opposition said the move was a half- measure that will not get them off the street.

The brutal police raid in the early hours of November 30 galvanised the pro-Western protests sparked by President Viktor Yanukovych's decision not to sign a key integration treaty with the European Union, and instead turn toward Russia. Since that day's violence, protesters have also been demanding Yanukovych's ouster and early elections

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