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Protesters, opposition skeptical of Ukraine's amnesty offer

Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 - 01:25

Jan. 29 - The Ukrainian parliament approves an amnesty for activists arrested in recent months, but protesters and opposition leaders remain adamant about their cause. Nathan Frandino reports.

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With crisis on their minds, parliamentarians in Ukraine are weighing every option to resolve recent unrest, including amnesty. After numerous back-room talks, officials went to the chambers on Wednesday and voted to offer amnesty to protesters occupying government buildings. There was one condition: that the activists in those buildings leave. One opposition leader says the amnesty depends on the subsequent treatment of protesters. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UKRAINIAN OPPOSITION LEADER, ARSENIY YATSENYUK, SAYING: "It depends on the way the government is to act. If they press on peaceful protesters this will definitely trigger another spiral of violence." Outside on the streets of Kiev, protesters remain camped out. Some have rejected the amnesty offer, saying the government has no credibility. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) PROTESTER, STEPAN, SAYING: "If the authorities had shown honesty according to the mandate they were given, we would trust them. But now that they have compromised the guarantees, we have no trust in this these authorities. We have doubts in their honesty and decency and that's why it's risky and so we are not leaving. That's for sure." Protests started after President Victor Yanukovich's U-turn on an economic policy but have since turned into a mass demonstration against misrule and corruption.

Protesters, opposition skeptical of Ukraine's amnesty offer

Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 - 01:25

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