Kiev Anti-Government Protest Draws 100,000

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Kiev Anti-Government Protest Draws 100,000
Protesters in Kiev are demanding President Viktor Yanukovych's resignation over his decision to ditch a pact with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia.
Ukrainian lawmaker and chairman of the Ukrainian opposition party Udar (Punch), WBC heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko is seen onstage during a rally in the Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013.
Activist holds a portrait of jailed Ukrainian former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko during a rally in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013.
Pro-European Union activists gather during a rally in Independence Square around posters of jailed Ukrainian former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013
A pro-European demonstrator in the traditional garb of a Ukrainian cossack smokes a pipe during a protest.
Newlyweds Mikhail and Margarita Nakonechniy kiss in front of barricades on Independence Square, in a gesture of support for pro-Europe activists in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013.
Pro-European Union activists, followers of an ancient pagan religion pray in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. Anti-government demonstrators continued to occupy Kiev's Independence Square, expressing their anger over a bailout Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych negotiated with Russia earlier this week.
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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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