Ukraine: Protesters in Kyiv outlast police in tense, overnight standoff

Riot policemen clash with protesters on Independence Square in Kyiv, on December 11, 2013
Riot policemen clash with protesters on Independence Square in Kyiv, on December 11, 2013. (SERGEI SUPINSKY – AFP/Getty Images)

Thousands of police in riot gear attempted to wrest back control of key spaces in Kyiv, from protesters overnight.

By Wednesday morning, the police had pulled back, after hours of tearing down barricades and attempting to shove protesters out of Independence Square.

In fact, the police action prompted the crowds of protesters to swell to more than 10,000, forming human chains to block the riot police’s access to the square.

Security forces had to pull back in a humiliating retreat, though several dozen protesters were reportedly injured.

“We have not won the war yet but we’ve decisively won this battle. The authorities are panicking,” a protester told Agence France-Presse.

The protests originally began over President Viktor Yanukovych backing out of a pact with the European Union, but have swelled to include calls for his government to step down.

Source: Globalpost

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