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Police say some have been released already, but wouldn’t
specify how many. However, the Kyiv Post witnessed police clubbing protesters,
including one being repeatedly beaten with a club wearing a Batkivshchyna party
jacket.

The European Union’s top diplomat Catherine
Ashton who spent time on the square just hours before after holding a 3.5-hour
meeting with President Viktor Yanukovych, was appalled at the police action.

“I’m still in Kyiv. I was among you on
Maidan in the evening and was impressed by the determination of Ukrainians
demonstrating for a European perspective of the country,” she said in a
statement. “Some hours later I observe with sadness that police uses force
to remove peaceful people from the center of Kyiv. The authorities didn’t need
to act under the coverage of night to engage with the society by using
police. Dialogue with political forces and society and use of arguments is
always better than the argument of force.”

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