Ukraine Protests Swell After Failure to Sign EU Trade Accord

Riot police use stun guns and batons as demonstrations intensify

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Ukrainian protesters wave an E.U. flag as hundreds gather for an opposition rally in Mykhayllivska Square in Kiev after police dispersed protesters in Independence Square on Nov. 30, 2013

Protesters are swarming the streets of Ukraine’s capital city of Kiev after police aggressively broke up an earlier demonstration using stun guns, batons and tear gas.

After riot police cracked down on a crowd in Independence Square Saturday, where an estimated 10,000 people gathered  to rally against President Viktor Yanukovich’s refusal to sign a free-trade agreement with the European Union, anti-government protests grew, The New York Times reports.

The square has been the backdrop to weeklong protests over Yanukovich’s decision to not sign an agreement at the European Union summit in Vilnius, Lithuania. The president said upgrading Ukraine’s economy to EU standards is too costly, and that he is under pressure from Russia to put off signing.

[The New York Times]

6 comments
petya0980
petya0980

You know the tittle really makes me mad because the protesters were making a peaceful protest i have been following the live stream, the police beat every single person up for no reason, they beat a pregnant woman, i dont anyone could possibly have a reasonable explanation for doing such a thing, Yanukovich needs to be in jail , for stealing peoples money , the first year that he was a president , matched the same time when his son became a billionaire, which i do not believe was an accident. And reason people chose him in the first place was because there was no better choice , all of the government officials were bribed, and the voting was all set up the way Yanukovich wanted it to go, most likely those numbers weren't real.

awyeahh1
awyeahh1

Yanukovich, the current president of Ukraine is a thug who did jail time in his youth for robbery. Just to give the world an idea of how big a joke he is.

destreza
destreza

@tsar_simply_tsar @awyeahh1 Perhaps you've chosen to forget, but his previous election in 2004 was overturned after his opponent was poisoned with Dioxin and his vote was found to be heavily rigged, likely by Moscow.

Buy hey, details, right?