A video taken by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty journalist from atop of the Christmas Tree that stands in the epicenter of protests, gives a bird’s eye view of the crowds that stretch as far as the eye can see in all directions. Moreover, AirPano, a team of Russian photojournalists released panoramic photos that show a picture that it just as impressive.
Organizers of the anti-government, pro-European protest said that the crowd was well over a million, while the leading world media reported 500,000 people.
Ukraine’s police, however, said that the city center cannot fit more than 100,000 people. “Considering that 1 square meter in winter period (when winter clothes are used) can fit only 2 persons, the aforementioned territory where civil and political actions are happening today, physically can fit only about 100,000 people,” the police said in its Dec. 8 statement on Facebook page.