Rival rallies in Crimea chant for Russia and Ukraine

10 March 2014 10:23
(QHA) -

In Kiev tens of thousands rallied in Independence Square to celebrate the birth of Taras Shevchenko, a poet who is a symbol of Ukrainian nationhood. The gathering was both a riposte to Russia and a memorial service for the more than 100 people who died there.

Yet in Sevastopol, Crimea, a pro-Ukraine rally attended by several hundred people was attacked by pro-Russia supporters — some brandishing whips — who had their own large rally there.

In the Crimean capital, Simferopol, about 400 people, a mixture of pro-Ukrainian Russians and Crimean Tatars, gathered around a statue of Shevchenko while listening to readings of his works and speeches calling for Russian troops to withdraw. The police there stopped a group of hooded men from approaching the rally.

Photo: Reuters