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Police detain 33 protesters in Kiev

November 30, 2013, 10:26 UTC+3 KIEV
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KIEV, November 30, (ITAR-TASS). The total of 33 protesters in Kiev’s central square was detained after the police broke up the rally.

Two thousand police of the Berkut (quick reaction units) forces participated in the mission. They used batons and pushed the rally participants from the square. Several people got injured. Exact numbers are not available.

The square looks deserted now. About 100 police are near Institutskaya Street and another 100 are near Kreshchatik. The exit from the underground crossing to Kreshchatik is blocked, about two dozen police are on guard there. The total of 20 buses with the police is in the area of the square. One of the police said: “We shall remain here until the order is back.” The man did not specify how much time that would require.

About 20 people are cleaning the square. The podium, which the rally participants had used for speeches supporting the European integration, is dismantled.

The detained remain now at the Shevchenko police station in central Kiev. Leader of opposing Batkivshchyna Arseniy Yatsenyuk and other leaders of the opposition have arrived to the police station.

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