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Ukraine protesters evacuate Kiev city hall in symbolic concession

Published on Feb 16, 2014 5:19 PM
 
An anti-government protester stands on a barricade in Kiev on Feb 15, 2014. Protesters in Kiev on Sunday, Feb 16, 2014, vacated city hall after occupying the building for over two months as part of anti-government unrest sweeping Ukraine, in a highly symbolic concession ahead of a new mass protest. -- PHOTO: AFP

KIEV (AFP) - Protesters in Kiev on Sunday vacated city hall after occupying the building for over two months as part of anti-government unrest sweeping Ukraine, in a highly symbolic concession ahead of a new mass protest.

The building in Kiev's city centre had become the "headquarters of the revolution" since December when protesters trying to oust President Viktor Yanukovych stormed and occupied it, and the evacuation comes after authorities also made concessions by releasing people detained in the unrest.

But the opposition has nevertheless warned that nothing short of Mr Yanukovych's resignation will ultimately satisfy protesters.

After the protesters quit city hall, the Swiss ambassador in Kiev - whose country currently holds the rotating presidency of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, of which Ukraine is a member - entered the building.

 
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