Ukraine Protesters

December 2, 2013 by  

Ukraine Protesters, Demonstrators are blockading government buildings in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, as they step up their campaign for the resignation of the government.

Protesters have put up barricades on Independence Square, while others are entrenched inside city hall.

The unrest was triggered in November by President Viktor Yanukovych’s refusal to sign a deal on closer EU ties.

Opposition leaders have renewed demands that he stand down, and urged him to “stop political repression”.

The call was issued on Monday at a meeting in Parliament convened by Speaker Volodymyr Rybak, the Ukrainska Pravda news website reported.

The opposition leaders refused to speak to Mr Rybak directly, the site added.

“We must mobilise everyone across the country and not lose the initiative”

” Opposition leader Vitali Klitschko
They also demanded the release of the jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko – who has been convicted of abuse of power.

On Sunday Mr Rybak had said President Yanukovych was “on the side of the people who are fully entitled to assemble for peaceful demonstrations and to express their views”.

Overnight hundreds of people put up tents on Independence Square, amid calls for a general strike.

The headquarters of the cabinet has been blockaded, with government employees unable to reach work.

Police reinforcements are being sent to Kiev, Ukrainska Pravda reported.

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