Ukraine PM: Protesters will be punished for "illegal acts"
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 - 01:11
Dec. 4 - Thousands of anti-government protesters remain on the streets of Kiev, as Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov warns protesters against ''illegal acts.'' Jillian Kitchener reports.
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Thousands of anti-government protesters remain on the streets of Kiev for the 14th day.
A rally forms outside of Kiev city jail, as demonstrators call on police to release those detained during the demonstrations.
(SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST, OLEKSANDER SOLONTAI, SAYING:
"They took them and put them into jail just to scare the people on the squares. Are these the kind of processes to be used in politics? To show people they should go home or they will be put into prison?"
Demonstrators threatened to extend their blockade to the office of President Viktor Yanukovich, who flew to China on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Ukraine's Prime Minister Mykola Azarov warned protesters trying to blockade government buildings that they would be punished for any "illegal acts."
(SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) UKRAINIAN PRIME MINISTER, MYKOLA AZAROV, SAYING:
"Certain political forces without any constructive agenda are directing street protests to violence, unlawful occupation of administrative and communal buildings, blocking the functioning of state institutions. This is a criminal offense."
Ukraine has plunged into turmoil with protests against President Viktor Yanukovich, and his decision not to sign an integration deal with European Union.
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