Ukraine protesters seize government building in Kiev
Friday, January 24, 2014 - 01:09
Jan. 24 - Ukrainian protesters occupy the main agricultural ministry building in the centre of Kiev and say they plan to seize more government buildings. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: Ukrainian protesters erected more street barricades and occupied a government ministry building on Friday, fueling tension after the failure of crisis talks with President Viktor Yanukovich.
A group of protesters took control of the main agricultural ministry building in the center of Kiev early on Friday, meeting no resistance from police.
The move followed the storming of various regional administration headquarters in Western Ukraine on Thursday.
Opposition activist Alexander Danilyuk said protesters aimed to occupy all central government administrative buildings in order to stop it from functioning.
But he emphasized that such takeovers would not resort to the violence witnessed in recent days between protesters manning the barricades at Independence Square and riot police.
Hundreds of thousands took to the streets in the capital after Yanukovich backed away from signing a free trade deal with the European Union, which many people saw as the key to a European future, in favor of financial aid from Ukraine's old Soviet master Russia.
But the movement has since widened into broader protests against perceived misrule and corruption in the Yanukovich leadership.
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