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Protesters in Ukraine plan human chain to EU’s Poland

November 29, 2013, 14:17 UTC+3 KIEV
Meanwhile, Ukraine's ruling Party of Regions will be holding a meeting proclaiming “Let us protect Ukrainian producers”
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KIEV, November 29. /ITAR-TASS/. Up to 300 participants rallying against Ukraine's delayed association agreement with the European Union maintain their occupation of Kiev’s Independence Square - dubbed Euromaidan after the Ukrainian term Maidan Nezalezhnosti - and planned on Friday to form a human chain to the border with EU member state Poland.

They spent a cold night with temperatures dropping to a slight minus, warming at a dozen blazing casks and in a tent erected by the Ukrainian Ministry for Emergency Situations.

Songs can be heard on the square, and people chanting “Ukraine is Europe”. Flags are waving over the protesters, including the black-and-red colors denoting the "insurgent army" of Ukraine's history.

One participant in the rally said they had to spend eight to 12 hours on the square before resting.

Attempts were thought possible around mid-day to organize the human chain from Independence Square to Ukraine’s western border with Poland, symbolically connecting Ukraine and the EU. But forming a line some 600 kilometers long would need around 520,000 people.

Meanwhile, as those organizers make their plans, Ukraine's ruling Party of Regions will be holding a meeting on European Square 200 meters away, proclaiming “Let us protect Ukrainian producers”.

No protesters currently gather near the house of government though several dozen people carrying banners of opposition parties have been seen regularly there over the past week.

The entrance to the building is still barred and about 20 policemen are on duty in the inner yard. Eight police buses can be seen nearby and a crack police team remains on duty in a nearby park.

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