West demands Ukraine ends anti-demo law
THE West demanded that Ukraine revokes a draconian new law banning demonstrations after overnight violence in Kiev left more than 200 people injured and threatened to tip the country into anarchy.
EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels condemned the violence but called on the authorities to show restraint in handling fresh protests provoked by the country's adoption of legislation that imposed tight new controls on demonstrations. They said the new law did not reflect European principles of fundamental human rights.
Caitlin Hayden, a spokesman for US president Barack Obama's National Security Council, blamed Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych for the violence.
"We urge the government of Ukraine to take steps that represent a better way forward for Ukraine, including repeal of the anti-democratic legislation signed into law in recent days and withdrawing the riot police from downtown Kiev," she said.
The US would "continue to consider additional steps - including sanctions - in response to the use of violence". (© Daily Telegraph, London)