PHOTOS: Bloody Clashes Erupt in Kiev After Protest Ban

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Tens of thousands of people rallied in the Ukrainian capital on Sunday against new legislation that imposes strict limits on protests and aims to end two months of antigovernment demonstrations.

Tear gas, stun grenades and a water cannon were used in an attempt to disperse the mass demonstrations in Independence Square after protesters tried to storm the authorities’ blockades near Parliament. AFP reports some of the protesters, wearing balaclavas or scarves to cover their faces, brandished chains or sticks as they were met by riot police protected by helmets and shields.

The clashes come three days after lawmakers used a non-traditional show of hands to quickly push through legislation that banned many aspects of the protests that have hit Kiev since November. Despite widespread condemnation from the U.S. and other Western governments, the new ban will impose heavy fines and jail time on any protesters’ public use of loudspeakers, tents and stages.

As a mark of scorn against the new ban on helmets, some protesters wore colanders and saucepans on their heads as protection. Still, AFP reports, more than two dozen people were injured in the bloody clashes, including at least nine protesters and 20 officers. Ten of them were hospitalized.

Sunday’s demonstrations, the largest yet of 2014 after a holiday lull, were the opposition’s latest show of force against President Viktor Yanukovych, who last year backed away from a trade and association deal with the E.U. in favor of closer ties with Russia and President Vladimir Putin.

[AFP]

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130 comments
Je'daii Pat
Je'daii Pat

I feel the rulers of America fear this happening, that is why they're purchasing so many domestic militarized vehicles and are stockpiling so many anti protest weaponry and ammunition.

Танька Юрчук
Танька Юрчук

Hello! On behalf of the citizens of Ukraine asking you for help. Our government does not listen to our demands. Parliament illegally introducing new laws that are contrary to the democratic rights of people. These laws are violated about 30 articles applicable law. Activists of the square goes missing. Police do not protect the people, but rather of soot in prison. President cares about the future of our country and our people, it is the main money. He grabbed millions of dollars from our state budget. President pays salaried people who provoke activists who look like ordinary people but they crash windows, set fire to cars and do their best in order to have introduced emergency regime in the country. Please save us. We do not want war, we want to live in our democratic country where there will be order and peace. sorry for my bad english

Angel Castrillo-Jones
Angel Castrillo-Jones

So protesters are protesting a protesting ban. Welcome to the redundancy department of redundant redundancy.

andriystaroshchak
andriystaroshchak

Dear foreign journalists! Please make a pressure upon your governments and state authorities. Unfortunately we can see that interest in Europe to the events in Ukraine is decreasing. In case of sanctions against at least one of Ukrainian oligarchs or ministers our way to freedom and democracy will become irreversible.A lot of powerful persons in Ukraine just wait for external signal. Ask (or demand) your governments to provide sanctions!

Please, we really need your help!

Free Ukrainian citizen.

 

Jan Geirnaert
Jan Geirnaert

I guess the government does not like protestors ?

Monica Soucie
Monica Soucie

This is what we have to look forward to if we don't get Obama out of office asap.

Paul MacKnight
Paul MacKnight

True there are people like Ghandi, but they're rare jewels in the sea of 7 billion.

Paul MacKnight
Paul MacKnight

Violence is only necessary when those in charge lose touch with reality and seek only to support themselves, ignoring the needs and ultimately forgetting the people they govern. Greed is the basis for any and all stuggles in this world.

Vaughn Charles Broome
Vaughn Charles Broome

Wow. What a great way to further piss off an already pissed off populace. Where in Hell had logic gone?

Jean-Michel Ormand
Jean-Michel Ormand

When people are oppressed it is just so much they can take until they rise up and fight back. Those who are the oppressors should think twice about oppressing people!

Mikka Olsen
Mikka Olsen

Stop the haterd have peace . I am Estonian and and we won the Cold War . Russia is no longer the power . And Ukrainians. Want to speak their language not Russian . In Estonia if you don't speak Estonian you can't get a job ...... Stop protesting Russia . We won

Alaedin Ghanaee
Alaedin Ghanaee

همه برای بدست اوردن ازادی است حال کدام ازادی معلوم نیست

Zoli Kovacs-Krausz
Zoli Kovacs-Krausz

This time the cops are being beaten. Other times it's the protesters. I feel sorry for both, but it's the fault of neither.

Kevin Wright
Kevin Wright

Dec 30, 2013 Obama secretly signed into Law HR 347 This new law gives rather broad powers to the Secret Service and those under their protection. They essentially get to control the atmosphere anywhere they decide to go. You could potentially show up on a public street somewhere near where the president is going to be speaking or in attendance. Simply hold up a sign, or say something that the SS, I mean the Secret Service, doesn’t like and you could be hauled off to jail.

Kevin Wright
Kevin Wright

Dec 30, 2013 ... This law will now allow the Secret Service to arrest anyone that is publicly This new law gives rather broad powers to the Secret Service and those under their protection. They essentially get to control the atmosphere anywhere they decide to go. You could potentially show up on a public street somewhere near where the president is going to be speaking or in attendance. Simply hold up a sign, or say something that the SS, I mean the Secret Service, doesn’t like and you could be hauled off to jail.

Florian Boboc
Florian Boboc

they aren't a communist country in papers, but Putin and all of his "comrades" are all communists.. so you can say Russia is still a communist country... and there are more countries like it.. Ukraine, Romania, Moldova and many others....

Rem N. Enriquez
Rem N. Enriquez

russia is no longer a communist but have a dictator in the kremlin.

Kevin Wright
Kevin Wright

How sad to see the book of Revelations coming true!

Mohamed Farid Elsisi
Mohamed Farid Elsisi

All governments want to continue without oppositions, and all peoples refuse protest ban laws.

Kevin Wright
Kevin Wright

Obama just passed the same bl lp://downtrend.com/jrc410/new-obama-attack-on-first-amendment-president-secretly-signs-bill-limiting-free-speech-sign-of-things-to-come/ - 113k - Cached - Similar pages Dec 30, 2013 ... This law will now allow the Secret Service to arrest anyone that is publicly ...

Neven Mubarak
Neven Mubarak

From Egypt: How to topple Obama in 48 hours? ============================= A simple, fast, peaceful, effective and guaranteed plan is to arrange for peaceful protests in many States in the USA, next week end; January 24-25th, 2014, at defined places and times and promote this in all US Media and Facebook pages. You call for one request from US President Obama, the US Administration and the Congress; to immediately declare Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas and all their branches as terrorist organizations. If Obama responded (which will never occur), then you are the winners. If Obama ignored this request, then it will be a definite and overt scandal for him, in front of the whole world. Remember that the British people protested days ago at the office of Muslim Brotherhood in London, and called to close their centers, to throw them out of the UK and to declare them as terrorists. The UK responded to them immediately but partially and just closed that office. Pay attention, that Muslim Brotherhood are planning to make huge protests in New York and Washington on January 24-25th, 2014, to call for the restoration of their claimed legitimacy in Egypt and will call for help from Obama, Hillary, Kerry, Mccaine and Carter. Good idea?!

Hikmet Tigo
Hikmet Tigo

by the way prime minister of ukraine at a celever guy .. he knows what to do... trust him and me :D

Hikmet Tigo
Hikmet Tigo

a confession : ı love it more than sex :D believe me

JamesWest
JamesWest

You are exactly right. The only advantage we have right now is we still have our guns.  Lots of weak people will give them up but lots of people will not. I myself will die before I give up my guns!

JamesWest
JamesWest

My name is James. I am an  America. I am so disturbed of what is going on in your country. I feel badly for the Ukrainian people.  By reaching out to American citizens for help shows your desperate situation. I read the news and look at the pictures Journalists have taken each day and I pray for you safety and well being. The people of the United States do care about the Ukraine. The problem is we have a President that is doing his beast to Destroy my country America. Obama does not care about any other country other than Muslim countries. Obama is taking away the freedoms and right of Americans every day and the American people do nothing about it. We still have our guns and will not give them up. I fear in the near future America will be having it's own Revolution. I will die before I give up my guns. I know that Obama is not supporting the protesters which are the very people he should be helping instead he is supporting the oppressors. Our news agencies in America lie and do not tell the truth to American citizen. They lie and help Obama push his Illegal agenda on the American people. Obama  is scared the Ukrainian rioting will cause Americans to rise up and revolt. I hope this will happen soon. The American people know what you are going through and hope and pray you will achieve your victory. Stay strong and never give in.. Sincerely,  James

JamesWest
JamesWest

They are fighting against oppression. They are a Democratic Society and share freedoms very similar to America. 

Typical of certain corrupt hardliners of a  power hungry government Illegal legislation was pushed through and imposed on the Ukrainian people. Ukrainian people are fighting against it!  It is exactly what is going on here in America except the American citizens are cowards and do nothing about it. Soon America will be having its new Revolution.

JamesWest
JamesWest

@andriystaroshchak   Americans are aware of your situation and feel for your injustice and hope the Ukrainians are able to be victorious. Unfortunately we have a president that does not care about the Ukrainian people or what happens there. In fact our president is supporting your government which is direct opposite of what he should be doing. America has its own Traitor as president.  Until things change in America I do not see any support coming from our country. The Journalists of the United States are Corrupt and will not do anything to support your situation. American Journalists lie and distort the truth. The owners of the news networks in America are Corrupt and will not report this news to the American people. American news agencies lie to the American people and help our president impose illegal legislation upon us. America is in the same situation as you are except we have our guns. Good luck. We hope for your victory.