Protesters want country to integrate with European Union
January 20, 2014
The protests in Ukraine organized by USAID, National Endowment for Democracy (NED), Freedom House, George Soros’ Open Society Institute and a host of public-private NGOs have turned violent.
Intense street battles raged in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, on Monday following protests over the weekend against newly enacted laws curtailing public assembly. The law bans and imposes strict penalties for the use of stages and tents in public spaces. It also outlaws helmets and balaclavas.
The fighting began on a side street near the Ukrainian Parliament, the Verkhovnaya Rada, near Independence Square on Sunday.
According to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry protesters donning helmets and balaclavas used Molotov cocktails, stun grenades, flares, stones and baseball bats in attacks on police. They targeted government buildings and police buses.
The Ministry said more than 100 police officers were injured and 60 hospitalized. Around 100 protesters were also hurt and forty-two hospitalized, the health care department in Kiev reported.
The protests began after President Viktor Yanukovich decided to reestablish relations with Russia. The protesters want the government to sign a European Union Association Agreement.
For more background information on the protests and the involvement of the CIA surrogate NED, the globalist George Soros and U.S. government organizations, see our breakdown here.