Scores injured in Kyiv clashes as protesters defy protest ban

20 January 2014 10:41
(QHA) -

Clashes between protesters and police in Ukraine have left scores injured on both sides prompting President Yanukovych to promise a special commission to solve the crisis, Euronews reports.

The violence broke out as demonstrators denounced tough new anti-protest legislation which was rushed through parliament last week.

The new curbs on protests include:

A ban on the unauthorised installation of tents, stages or amplifiers in public places.

Provision to arrest protesters wearing masks or helmets.

A ban on protests involving more than five vehicles in convoy.

Hefty fines or jail for breaches of law.

Ukraine’s political opposition claim the new legislation paves the way for a police state while both the US and the European Union have expressed deep concern.

Sunday’s rally which had been attended by over 100,000 people was the latest in a cycle of public protests sparked by President Yanukovych’s U-turn in November away from the EU towards Russia.