Demonstrators in Kiev, Ukraine on Thursday confronted city workers attempting to clear a central square, lighting tires on fire in protest against the city government's move. (Aug. 7)
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Kiev, Ukraine - August 7, 2014
1. Activists throwing Molotov cocktails to burn tyres
2. Various of firemen dousing flames with water hose
3. Firemen, smoke rising
4. Independence monument and flag of Ukraine in smoke
5. Activists moving fence to build a barricade
6. Activists and police
7. Activists near fire
8. Utility servicemen cleaning the street where tents of Maidan (Independence) square activists were set up
9. Remains of tents
10. Utility car coming to remove litter from Maidan
11. Utility staff cleaning the area
12. Activists at the entrance to Maidan area banging on metal structure
13. Smoke rising over Maidan
Demonstrators on Thursday confronted city workers attempting to clear a central square, lighting tires on fire in protest against the city government's move.
Dark plumes of acrid smoke from burning rubber rose above Independence Square as workers guarded by armed men in camouflage dismantled some of the barricades surrounding the area.
The activists burned tires around the square to keep the authorities out.
The square and surrounding streets were the site of massive protests during the winter, which helped oust the country's pro-Russian former president Viktor Yanukovych from power.
New president Petro Poroshenko was elected in May, but many have said they will remain on the square to ensure the new government follows through on promises of reform.
Kiev authorities have been negotiating with the protesters to clear the square since a new mayor was elected in May, but have met strong resistance from the several hundred demonstrators still camped out on the square.