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Protesters step up security at barricades on Kiev’s Grushevsky Street

February 16, 2014, 14:35 UTC+3 KIEV
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KIEV, February 16, 14:05 /ITAR-TASS/. Participants in the incessant action of protest in Kiev have stepped up security at the barricades on Kiev’s Grushevsky Street, which leads to the governmental district.

An Itar-Tass correspondent covering events on the spot did not manage to get into the so-called buffer zone separating the oppositionists and units of the forces of law and order.

The self-styled “guards” of the barricades seemed unable to say why the precautionary measures had been intensified. “We have an instruction from the commandant of the Maidan (Independence Square, the hotbed of protest activity in the city - Itar-Tass),” a masked man wearing a helmet said.

On the face of it, a group of the protesters was straightening up the barricades. A part of the road had been relieved for traffic but only one car moving one way could pass through the clearing.

The correspondent also saw a bulldozer near the barricades and freshly filled sacks with sand lying on the ground near the front barrier of the barricades. The demonstrators said the sacks had been brought to the place before dawn.

In the meantime, the groups of protesters that who have been occupying the building of the Kiev City Administration for the past two months have gathered their possessions and moved to the Oktryabrsky palace or to the Ukrainian house.

A group of people was seen inside the building about noon doing an overall cleanup shortly before this report went on wire.

“We plan to vacate the building in full before the beginning of the ‘people’s viche’ (a self-styled popular assembly of the irreconcilable opposition leaders and activists and their supporters - Itar-Tass),” a demonstrator told Itar-Tass. “We’ll thus fulfill provisions of the law on amnesty.”

The timing of effectuation of the law on amnesty for participants in the January actions of protest depends entirely on when the opposition activists fulfill a range of conditions envisioned by the document.

The law says in part that the oppositionists should vacate all the administrative buildings they seized in Kiev and other cities and towns during the riots at the beginning of the year and to unblock Grushevsky Street, as well as other streets and squares for traffic. The provision does not apply to the squares where peaceful actions of protest are held.

The opposition quarters are expected to move out of all the buildings by February 17. Otherwise provisions of the law on amnesty will lose legal effect automatically.

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