Teargas, fire, smoke as clashes erupt between police and protesters in Kiev

Discussion in 'Politics' started by JohnnyWeedSeed, Jan 19, 2014.

  1. When will people grow the balls to do this in America? It's about time the cops are the ones on the receiving end of a beat down.


    Ukrainian protesters clashed with police in Kiev after at least 10,000 people took to Independence Square for an anti-government demonstration. Police retaliation with tear gas and water cannons was prompted by an attempt to storm the government quarter.

    What started as a peaceful demonstration on the city's Independence Square, or Maidan, with heated anti-government slogans being shouted and the announcement that the opposition was creating a “people's assembly,” turned into violent clashes with the police later Sunday.

    Protesters wearing orange helmets and wielding sticks and flares clashed with cordons of security forces surrounding government buildings and attempted to turn over a police bus. According to police, radical activists were also throwing smoke grenades.

    Live feeds showed riot police retaliating by throwing flash grenades from behind the cordon, as Twitter exploded with reports of Berkut special police forces readying to forcefully disperse the crowd and water cannon approaching the area.

    As tension grew, media reports said police used teargas to push back the crowd.

    Some of the protesters started breaking up the pavement, arming themselves with rubble.

    The most aggressive group of protesters started throwing stones, debris and Molotovs directly at the police, with some of the petrol bombs landing in the midst of cordons and setting policemen's uniform on fire.

    At least 30 law enforcers have been injured in violent riots and 4 of them are in serious condition, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry spokesperson told Interfax.

    Witnesses from the scene reported that one of the policemen was dragged out of the cordon and beaten by several masked people, and then taken to a tent in Maidan for medical treatment by other protesters. Police officials later reported that he suffered head injuries, broken ribs and nose and has been taken to hospital in “a state of shock.”

    A water canon was deployed to the scene of the clashes by the police, but has so far been used only once against those attacking the security cordon. The protesters have particularly been keen to discuss the armored vehicle on the Internet as the temperature in Kiev lowered to a freezing -7 degrees Celsius.

    The footage showed a police bus fully ablaze, with fears voiced that it might explode. Eventually demonstrators formed a human cordon around the burning bus trying to stop people approaching it. A total of three police vehicles were damaged in the unrest.

    Others, however, continued to incite the crowd, drumming away with hammers on canisters and shouting slogans like “Revolution!” or “Down with the gang!”

    Twitter users and Ukrainian opposition figures decried the most aggressive protesters as “provocateurs” and called on them to stop provoking the police.

    Opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko stepped in to try and prevent the clashes, but was sprayed with foam from a fire extinguisher in the process. Photos on Twitter showed Klitschko, covered in foam, trying to calm down the crowd through a bullhorn.

    However, protesters did not back off and continued to shower fireworks and other objects on riot police, who protected themselves with shields. As flash and smoke grenades continued to go off, doctors were seen arriving at the scene to treat the injured.

    Opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko (C) reacts after he was sprayed with a powder fire extinguisher during a pro-European integration rally in Kiev January 19, 2014 (Reuters / Gleb Garanich)
    Opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko (C) reacts after he was sprayed with a powder fire extinguisher during a pro-European integration rally in Kiev January 19, 2014 (Reuters / Gleb Garanich)

    Reuters / Gleb Garanich
    Reuters / Gleb Garanich

    Sunday's mass protests follow the speedy passing of new legislation by the Ukrainian parliament, which has banned unsanctioned gatherings, imposed multiple restrictions on demonstrations, the media, and internet and toughened penalties for actions like the blocking and seizure of state buildings.

    The bill was signed into law by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich on Sunday after getting approval from the parliament on Thursday. This triggered an outcry from the opposition and vigorous condemnation from the Western politicians and media, which branded the laws “undemocratic.”

    The new legislation includes authority to arrest protesters who wear masks or helmets, or erect tents or stages without permission from the authorities, criminalization of libel and the distribution of extremist materials, including via the internet, and a ban on motorists to form convoys of more than five vehicles.

    Reuters / Gleb Garanich
    Reuters / Gleb Garanich

    The new laws were ostensibly defied by thousands of Ukrainian protesters on Sunday, as some took to Maidan in masks and helmets and others attempted to form a car convoy and reach the city center but were blocked by the police midway.

    Following Sunday's riots, the Ukrainian police have opened a criminal case into the mass unrest in central Kiev. The police also said they have footage from CCTV cameras to analyze, warning that the aggressive protesters will be brought to justice. According to the new legislation, perpetrators may face up to 15 years in prison for “mass violation of public order,” as well as large fines.

    The Sunday rally also highlighted the frustration shared by many Ukrainian protesters about the lack of a single leader in the opposition movement. Some activists speaking on stage on Maidan urged the opposition parties to come up with a unified leader and criticized them for not being able to do so. Opposition figures asking the protesters to keep calm and refrain from confrontation with the police were also hissed down.
  2. When the C.I.A. wants this to happen in 'america' it'll happen.  So far it seems "disrupted terror plots" and actual terror plots serve the system just fine. 
    But then again, they must know statism is dying so maybe creating protests, that only lead to a 'different' gang ruling, from Cairo to Kiev is their way of 'raising the bar'.  The false hope that is invoked by these 'protests' is the worst part. 
    Where can the success of the "Arab Spring" be found?  Iran, Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Jordan, BAHRAIN, Syria...?  Where?  
    And why should 'americans' burn cop cars and surround capital buildings?  Didn't you hear?  Weed is about to be legal all across 'america'.  USA USA!!!11
  3. Once American Idol gets caceled?

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  4. #4 garrison68, Jan 21, 2014
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    Fuck the Ukraine.  They have fistfights in their parliament where the politicians throw eggs at each other, and set off smoke bombs.  They are the stupidest, most asinine people in the entire industrialized (and I use that term very loosely) world.  
    They are not only stupid, they are extremely dangerous. One example is Chernobyl, the site of worst nuclear accident in history. 
    Fucking idiots.  

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