Protesters rallied outside of the European Union office in Kiev, demanding sanctions be placed on top Ukrainian officials following violent protests that erupted over the weekend. (Jan. 20)
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Kiev, Ukraine - January 20, 2014
1. Mid protesters chanting (English): "We need your help"
2. Wide group of protesters standing outside the European Union's office in Kiev
3. Mid protesters holding banners outside EU office
4. Wide protesters outside of EU office
5. Various protester starting to cry while talking to EU office representative
6. Mid protesters holding banners and placards calling on EU to impose sanctions on Ukrainian officials
7. Tight placard reading (English): "dictatorship? Who is next?"
8. Mid explosion near protesters; Nat. Sound: bang from explosion
9. Wide protesters throwing flaming projectiles over the buses at police
10. Mid men standing near bus on fire
11. Mid protesters in masks and helmets
12. Wide protesters moving in on police, one holding a flaming projectile and then throwing it
13. Wide explosion on the line between activists and buses
14. Mid burnt out truck with tire still on fire
15. Wide stun grenade being fired at protesters
16. Close crying woman wearing "Press" vest being assisted away
17. Wide stun grenade exploding
18. Wide riot police with metal shields
19. Wide barricades in Independence Square
20. Wide low angle of anti-government protesters blocking central street in Kiev
HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE RALLIED OUTSIDE THE EUROPEAN UNION'S OFFICE IN KIEV ON MONDAY FOLLOWING A WEEKEND OF VIOLENT CLASHES BETWEEN ANTI-GOVERNMENT DEMONSTRATORS AND RIOT POLICE.
OPPOSITION LEADERS ARE URGING THE EU TO IMPOSE SANCTIONS ON TOP UKRAINIAN OFFICIALS, FEARING THE GOVERNMENT IS TRYING TO TURN UKRAINE INTO A POLICE STATE.
THE LATEST PROTESTS WERE SPARKED BY THE PASSAGE OF SWEEPING ANTI-PROTEST LAWS. THE NEW LAWS SEVERELY LIMIT FREE SPEECH AND RESTRICT THE ACTIVITY OF NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS FUNDED BY THE WEST.
PROTESTERS, WEARING CONSTRUCTION HATS AND GAS MASKS IN DEFIANCE, ATTACKED OFFICERS WITH STICKS, STONES AND FLARES. POLICE RESPONDED WITH TEAR GAS AND STUN GRENADES. DOZENS OF PEOPLE WERE INJURED.
THE VIOLENT CLASHES FURTHER ESCALATED UKRAINE'S POLITICAL CRISIS, WHICH ERUPTED TWO MONTHS AGO AFTER UKRAINE'S PRESIDENT DECIDED TO FREEZE TIES WITH THE EUROPEAN UNION AND SEEK A BAILOUT FROM RUSSIA.
THE UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT IS SET TO HOLD TALKS WITH OPPOSITION LEADERS ON MONDAY.
MATTHEW BURGOYNE, ASSOCIATED PRESS