Ukraine Protesters Take Over City Hall, Demand President’s Resignation

Round-table parliamentary talks scheduled for Monday

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A man throws a flare in the direction of Interior Ministry members during a rally held by supporters of EU integration in Kiev, Dec. 1, 2013.

Amid calls of “revolution,” hundreds of thousands of protesters marched on the streets of the Ukrainian capital Kiev on Sunday, barricaded themselves inside City Hall and demanded the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovich.

The protests, ignited by the Yanukovich’s refusal on Nov. 21 to sign political and trade agreements with the E.U., flared up to a magnitude reminiscent of the Orange Revolution of 2004 after security forces violently cracked down on supporters over the weekend, the New York Times reports.

According to the BBC, parliamentary speaker Vlodymyr Rybak has announced that talks will be held between the government and opposition on Monday. He said that the President was “on the side of the people who are fully entitled to assemble for peaceful demonstrations and to express their views.”

Meanwhile, opposition leader and former boxing world champion Vitali Klitschko urged supporters not to give up control of central Kiev. The Kremlin has aggressively pressured Ukraine to join a customs union with Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan as an alternative to the E.U. accord.

[BBC, NYT]

3 comments
spgohaodha
spgohaodha

Many of us here in the US are urging our leaders to support the people of Ukraine, and urging our representative in the UN to put forward a resolution condemning Putin's attempt to blackmail them in to this atrocious pact with tyrants.

TAHKICT
TAHKICT

Can’t believe there is a statue of lenin still standing in Kyiv. What travesty is this? Don’t they remember how in 1930s the commies committed genocide in Ukraine by deliberately starving people? And, who do you think sabotaged the nuclear reactor in Chernobyl? What a joke!

TAHKICT
TAHKICT

"The Kremlin has aggressively pressured Ukraine to join a customs union with Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan", the three most oppressive regimes in Eurasia.