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50,000 Ukrainians protest opposition leader's beating

Published on Jan 12, 2014 10:37 PM

KIEV (AFP) - An estimated 50,000 pro-Western Ukrainians massed on Sunday in the heart of Kiev amid swelling anger over the bloody beating of prominent former minister turned opposition leader Yuriy Lutsenko.

The 49-year-old member of jailed ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko's cabinet was transferred out of intensive care on Saturday evening after being attacked by truncheon-wielding police during a small protest the night before.

"He received about 10 blows to the head," the former interior minister's spokeswoman said. "No one is allowed to see him except for his closest relatives."

Nearly 20 activists were injured when they tried to prevent the police from moving to jail three young men who were sentenced to six years for allegedly plotting to blow up a statue of Soviet founder Lenin in 2011.

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