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Scuffles break out at pro-EU rally in Ukraine

Friday, November 29, 2013 - 01:05

Nov. 29 - At least 4 people are beaten in Ukraine, including a Reuters cameraman and a Reuters photographer, who was bloodied by head blows as police clashed with protesters. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: At least four people were beaten, including a Reuters cameraman and a Reuters photographer, who was bloodied by blows over the head as riot police clashed with protesters at Kiev's Independence square, in the early hours of Saturday (November 30). The scuffle occurred as police tried to remove passersby near Independence Square to try to clear a pro-EU demonstrator's vehicle from the road. Protesters instead crowded around the vehicle to prevent traffic police towing them away. Earlier on Friday Ukraine's political opposition said that President Viktor Yanukovich had 'stolen the dream' of closer integration with Europe as his supporters hailed his decision to spurn a European Union free trade deal. In a sea of blue and gold, the colors of both the EU and Ukrainian flags, some 10,000 protesters chanted "Ukraine is Europe" in Independence Square, the theater of the Orange Revolution of 2004-5 that thwarted Yanukovich's first presidential bid. As pro-EU protesters sang Ukraine's national anthem, the slow melody was interrupted by a rival rally on another square some 200 meters away, where people cheered Yanukovich and his decision to strengthen ties with Russia.

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Scuffles break out at pro-EU rally in Ukraine

Friday, November 29, 2013 - 01:05