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Police violently break up Independence Square protests at 4 a.m. today; many injuries reported (VIDEOS AND UPDATES)

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Nov. 30, 2013 15:22
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"Choke on your Christmas Tree" says the little girl's poster. Her slogan is a reference to the official police excuse for violently breaking up a crowd of several hundred protester in the early hours of Nov. 30. The police said they were preventing the municipal authorities from erecting a giant Christmas tree on the central square.
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Kyiv police forcefully broke up a large gathering of protesters in Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti), beating demonstrators with truncheons, according to eyewitnesses and news agencies. There are reports of numerous injuries and detainees. The Associated Press said that police moved in shortly after 4 a.m. on Saturday, swinging clubs and using tear gas, according to a protest organizer, Sergei Milnichenko.

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