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Kiev Anti-Government Protest Draws 100,000

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - About 100,000 demonstrators are gathering in the center of the Ukrainian capital to demand the ouster of the president and government, as mass anti-government protests enter their second month.

The rallies that have turned Kiev into a giant protest encampment were sparked by President Viktor Yanukovych's decision last month to choose ties with Russia over the West. After dozens were injured in violent police crackdown on a peaceful rally, the protests turned against Yanukovych himself.

Opposition leader Vitali Klitschko urged the crowd on Sunday to spend the New Year and the following weeks on Kiev's Independence Square to force Yanukovych into early presidential and parliamentary elections. Other leaders are announcing plans to transform the protests into a nationwide civic movement.

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Rob December 22 2013 at 11:21 AM

Is this an advert for the new season of Game of Thrones?

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rlroaddog December 22 2013 at 11:55 AM

can't blame them

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aprettynygirl December 22 2013 at 12:01 PM

Good for them! We still have a voice!

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JOGGER123 December 22 2013 at 12:01 PM

its time for the people themselves, to rule themselves...............and may Da Breadbasket......have the best of the New Year...........

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welshwlsh December 22 2013 at 12:06 PM

I just pray the tanks wont roll in ?

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RockNHula December 22 2013 at 12:08 PM

The choice between going with Russia, or Western Europe, is like the choice between eating leaves and eating food.

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palitzca December 22 2013 at 8:18 PM

my roots from ukrain i agree to one thing it part of eroupe rushia also part of eroupe they need to get that on their head

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smokyjerry December 22 2013 at 8:07 PM

putin is a terorist. Putting pressure on Ukraine by doubling oil and gas prices. He needs this coun try to prosper but people will have no part of this jerk

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Carl W. December 22 2013 at 7:54 PM

Hooray for the protester.......God help & protect them !!!

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hardbeame December 22 2013 at 7:45 PM

If Ukraine continues down this road don't be surprised if there's not a "helpful" Russian invasion of troups to "protect" the beleaguered President.

Think Czechoslovakia, 1968

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Carl W. hardbeame December 22 2013 at 7:59 PM

Good thought.....maybe time for more peaceful efforts. It's former breadbasket of Soviet Union, and & Putin may well move in a heartbeat!

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