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Sacks of garbage piling up in downtown Kiev as street actions continue

December 03, 2013, 6:29 UTC+3 KIEV
In one way or another, the action of protest on the square continued in the small hours of Tuesday
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KIEV, December 03, 5:57 /ITAR-TASS/. Protesters in Kiev’s Independence Square have run into an unexpected problem - the city’s Independence Square /the Maidan/ that has been the venue of protests against the decision of the Ukrainian government to suspend the signing of an association agreement with the EU is getting filled with garbage since waste haulers cannot get to it after traffic has been blocked off on Kreshchatik Street.

The protesters and sanitation workers have to put garbage into big cellophane sacks and put them into piles along the sidewalks, as well as near lampposts and by the facades of buildings.

Over the past two days, these heaps of sacks have grown into broad enough banks, although not very tall ones yet.

Shops, cafes and restaurants located nearby have also bumped into the problem of transportation - and not only in what concerns the removal of garbage. An Itar-Tass correspondent saw waiters and bartenders from the public catering outlets carry foodstuffs from the cars parked at the end of the street.

Customers of the hotels located around the Maidan have to walk, too, pulling their suitcases behind themselves

In one way or another, the action of protest on the square continued in the small hours of Tuesday. Although the crowd had thinned, speeches continued to be made on the stage and the music played through the public address system was more and more reminding of a dance floor.

The protesters waving the flags of opposition parties and national flags could be seen in different spots of the square and some of them were making campfires to warm up during the cold early morning.

About a hundred people were sighted by the building of the city administration on Kreshchatik. They would get inside from time to time while others would go outside to replace them.

Ukrainian weather monitoring center said the temperature in the city was minus 3 degrees Celsius.

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