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Protesters, journalists take a beating in Ukraine

Sunday, Dec 01, 2013 - 01:04

Dec. 1 - Police beat protesters and journalists outside of the Ukrainian presidential administration building, where protesters try to break police lines. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Police beat protesters and journalists outside of the Ukrainian presidential administration building on Sunday, where a group of young men tried to break police lines. Protesters fired flares at police who threw them back and shot stun grenades into the crowd. Then riot police started pushing protesters out of the square in front of the presidential administration building and beating those who refused to leave. Mass protests drew several hundred thousands out on the streets on Sunday to protest the government's decision to forego an EU deal and a violent crackdown by police on protesters. The rally, by far the biggest seen in the Ukrainian capital since the Orange Revolution nine years ago, came a day after a police crackdown on protesters that inflamed demonstrators further after President Viktor Yanukovich's policy switch. While the main protest on Kiev's Independence Square was peaceful, groups of roving masked men with sticks broke windows and confronted police at the presidential administration building. Opposition leaders sought to distance themselves from groups of protesters who broke windows along Kiev's main street and used a bulldozer to try to break a police blockade around the presidential administration, saying authorities had deliberately planned the provocations and clashes to give Yanukovich a pretext for declaring a state of emergency.

Protesters, journalists take a beating in Ukraine

Sunday, Dec 01, 2013 - 01:04

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