Riot Cops Break Up Ukraine Protest Camps

But they're leaving Independence Square intact: officials
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2013 11:14 AM CST
Riot Cops Break Up Ukraine Protest Camps
Ukrainian riot police block pro-European Union activists' tent camp next to Ukrainian government buildings in Kiev, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.   (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Ukraine protesters had been told they had to abandon their Kiev camps by tomorrow—but cops began taking them apart today, the BBC reports. Wearing full riot gear, police surrounded some camps in front of government buildings, the AP notes. They began driving away protesters at a pair of sites, saying that the camps were barring access to the buildings. Officials aren't, however, moving police into camps at Independence Square, and there have been no reported clashes between the sides. Police also stormed the headquarters of the opposition Fatherland Party, says a party spokesman, though a police rep denies the charge. Its website and that of the opposition Freedom Party are down. (Read more Ukraine stories.)

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