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Ukraine protester vows to fight on after police humiliation

Published on Jan 25, 2014 5:39 AM
 
Anti-government protesters stand on a barricade at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev, on Jan 24, 2014. A Ukrainian protester who was assaulted, stripped and humiliated by members of elite Berkut riot police in Kiev said on Friday he was prepared to fight on in anti-government protests despite his ordeal. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

GORSHKOV (AFP) - A Ukrainian protester who was assaulted, stripped and humiliated by members of elite Berkut riot police in Kiev said on Friday he was prepared to fight on in anti-government protests despite his ordeal.

Mr Mykhailo Gavrylyuk, 34, who was forced to completely undress in freezing temperatures, told reporters at a press conference that "victory is not far off".

A film posted on YouTube showed Berkut officers posing for pictures with their naked captive in a horrific scene recalling notorious prisoner abuse scandals like that at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

Appearing in public for the fist time, Mr Gavrylyuk related how he was arrested during the clashes between police and protesters that have rocked Kiev over the last days.

 
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