Opposition warns of Yanukovych attempts to instigate violence at Dec. 15 rally

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Dec. 13, 2013, 5:52 p.m. | Ukraine | Politics — by Mark Rachkevych

A group of suspected rent-a-thugs stand near Marinsky Park and the Health Ministry building on Nov. 29 when journalists from Hromadske TV and Channel 5 were attacked by athletically-built men believed to be hired henchmen.
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Mark Rachkevych

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Opposition leaders are warning that the government will send in rent-a-thugs to incite violence at the Dec. 15 rally, giving President Viktor Yanukovych a pretext to call for a state of emergency and use military and riot police to clear out EuroMaidan from Independence Square.  

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