Clash Of Wills

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Aug. 26, 2011, 1:30 a.m. | Ukraine | Politics — by Svitlana Tuchynska

After breaking through one police line, protesters fail to get past the steel barricades erected to keep them from marching to Kyiv’s center, where an all-day Aug. 24 Independence Day celebration featured games, concerts, huge crowds – and little politics. About 5,000 people attended a rally by opposition political parties in Shevchenko Park. Demonstrators criticized the arrest and trial of ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and protested what they call President Viktor Yanukovych’s authoritarianism. A Kyiv court banned demonstrations in the center on Aug. 24, the 20th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence. City authorities backed up the ruling with a heavy police presence. No serious incidents or arrests were reported. Six police officers were reportedly injured, none seriously.
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Svitlana Tuchynska

The 20th anniversary of Ukrainian independence on Aug. 24 was marked by clashes and a brief standoff between riot police and protesters as tensions are running higher over the prolonged detention of several opposition figures.
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