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Riot police clear streets of Kiev

Sunday, December 01, 2013 - 01:21

Dec. 1 - Riot police clear the streets of Kiev with protesters and journalists taking a beating as some demonstrators hoping to sit out the government at a tent city. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Riot police swarm the streets of Kiev Sunday night at the end of a day of mass protests. Some who did not get out of the way took a beating -- including journalists. The broadcaster Euronews says its crew was deliberately attacked. Mass protests drew several hundred thousands out on the streets to decry the government decision to forego an EU deal. The rally was by far the biggest seen in the Ukrainian capital since the Orange Revolution nine years ago. It came a day after a police crackdown on protesters that inflamed demonstrators further after President Viktor Yanukovich's policy switch on the EU. Some are taking the protest sitting down. A tent city is put in Kiev -- where people plan to wait out the government. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) PROTESTER FROM DONETSK, VALERY DANILENKO, SAYING: "You see these tents here, we came here and we will stay here until the cabinet resigns and the parliament is dissolved and the president also leaves. We will not go home, we know the authorities will fight to the end but we will not leave. That's why we are here." As a day marked by violence ends -- the street becomes a dance floor -- at least in the tent city.

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Riot police clear streets of Kiev

Sunday, December 01, 2013 - 01:21