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Kiev's pro-EU protesters brave freezing temperatures

© Mehdi Chebil

Text by Mehdi CHEBIL

Latest update : 2013-12-03

Thousands of Ukrainian demonstrators braved the biting cold in Kiev’s iconic Independence Square on Monday to continue their protest against the government’s turn away from integration with the European Union. Our reporters went to meet them.

Government survives vote

Ukraine's opposition failed on Tuesday in its attempt to force out the government with a no-confidence vote in parliament.

The defeat leaves Ukraine's political tensions unresolved. 

(FRANCE 24 with AP)

 

It’s 3am in Kiev’s iconic Independence Square and anti-government protesters have finally found a way of using the freezing temperatures to their advantage.

Several young men wearing masks are busy pouring water onto the ground leading to their barricades, making it almost impossible to walk on the slippery surface.

Demonstrators told FRANCE 24 they were determined to prevent the police from evicting them from Independence Square as they did this weekend following a brutal tear gas and baton charge.

Hundreds of activists lit fires to keep themselves warm as they kept watch over several makeshift barricades hastily constructed to block off access to the square.

Date created : 2013-12-03

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