Sunday, January 19, 2014

Stunning Photos Show Chaos And Violence At Ukraine Protests

KIEV, Ukraine -- Following the announcement of laws that some said were designed to make protests illegal, many in Ukraine returned to the streets again Sunday to make their anger known. The pictures below show some of the chaotic scenes:



The protests began there in December, shortly after President Yanukovych made an unexpected U-turn on plans that could have eventually seen the country join the European Union. Instead, Yanukovych began to look toward Moscow and President Vladimir Putin's dreams of his own Eurasian Union.

The anti-protest laws may, however, mark a turning point in the protests.

While protests in the past had been mostly peaceful, Sunday has been notably violent.

Live videos from the scene showed protesters clashing with police officers and loud explosions.

Pro-European integration protesters clashed with Ukranian riot police during a rally near government administration buildings in Kiev January 19, 2014.

Protesters attacked riot police with sticks and tried to overturn a bus blocking their path to parliament, as up to 200,000 Ukrainians massed in defiance of sweeping new laws aimed at stamping out anti-government demonstrations. 

Source: Business Insider