December 4, 2013
As protests rage in the Ukrainian capital and other cities, three of the country’s former presidents have given their support to the demonstrators and warned the tensions could be spinning into an uncontainable crisis.
Separately, the head of the Council of Europe, the continent’s main human rights body, met with government officials and opposition members to try to persuade them to enter into dialogue, but said many in Ukraine are resistant to compromise.
The head of Ukraine’s police ordered his officers not to use force against peaceful demonstrators, a statement indicating that officials are aware of how the club-swinging dispersal of protesters this week galvanised already strong anger over the president’s shelving of a long-awaited pact with the European Union.
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