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Kiev police break up protests

Kiev, Nov. 30 (Reuters): Ukraine’s political Opposition today said it would call a country-wide general strike to force the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovich’s government after police used batons and stun grenades to break up pro-Europe protests.

Helmeted police bearing white shields stormed an encampment of protesters in Kiev’s Independence Square as they sang songs and warmed themselves by campfires, the Opposition said.

Tension had been building since Friday, when Yanukovich declined to sign a landmark pact with EU leaders at a summit in Lithuania, going back on a pledge to work toward integrating his ex-Soviet republic into the European mainstream.

Live bands had played earlier and the presence of mainly young people had brought almost a party spirit to the demonstration when police moved in, first firing stun grenades and then wading in with batons.

 
 
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