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Ukraine protesters granted amnesty in opposition win

Published on Feb 17, 2014 12:01 PM
 

KIEV (AFP) - Protesters arrested during months of anti-government unrest in Ukraine were granted amnesty on Monday after the opposition agreed to end their occupation of Kiev city hall and other public buildings.

The law dropping charges against the protesters came into effect a day after activists vacated the buildings they had occupied in anger over President Viktor Yanukovych's decision to reject an EU trade deal in favour of closer ties with Russia.

However nearly three months after the protests began, the opposition remains firmly entrenched in their sprawling tent city on Kiev's iconic Independence Square, vowing to keep up pressure on the authorities.

Yanukovych conditionally approved the law at the beginning of the month as he sought to pacify protesters following deadly unrest in Kiev that shocked the country.

 
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