Ukraine 'library' an Escape From Tension

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Anti-government protesters in Ukraine have turned a once police stronghold into an intellectual oasis for those looking for a refuge from the tensions in Maidan Square. (Feb 11)

SHOTLIST:

AP TELEVISIN - AP CLIENTS ONLY

Kiev, Ukraine - 23 January, 2014

1. Mid: Demonstrators throwing tires onto flaming barricade, fireworks launch in background

2. Mid: Pan of protestors running past burning barricade carrying large wooden catapult

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Kiev, Ukraine - 8 February

3. Mid: People inside library as anti-government protester walks with baseball bat

4. Mid: Anti-government protester Sasha (no surname give) on the right, reading a book while wearing a protective vest

5. Close: Sasha's face

6. SOUNDBITE (Ukrainian) Sasha (no last name given), anti-government protester:(see script)

7. Mid: Sasha searching through the book stand ++OVER SOUNDBITE++

8. Close: Sasha searching through books ++OVER SOUNDBITE++

9. Wide: Ukranian house with barricade

10. Mid: Anti-government protesters as people enter Ukrainian House

11. Mid: Side angle of people entering Ukrainian house with guards checking them

12. Mid: Nastya from back looking at books on shelf and kneels down

13: Mid: Nastya kneeled searching through a book

14. SOUNDBITE (English) Nastya (no last name given) student from Sumy, western Ukraine: (see script)

15. Close: Nastya looking through a book ++over SOUNDBITE++

16. Mid: Nastya checking out a book ++over SOUNDBITE++

17. Mid: People looking at books in library , guy in mask stands guard

18. Close: Guard in mask looking around

19. Mid: man reading a book in between bookshelves

20. Mid: People sitting at the Ukraine House steps and reading books

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

FOR WEEKS - FLAMES, BARRICADES AND VIOLENCE HAVE FILLED THE STREETS OF KIEV, UKRAINE -

ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTESTERS FACE OFF AGAINST POLICE.

BUT NOW A SMALL REFUGE TO GET AWAY FROM THE TENSION.

A MAKESHIFT LIBRARY - WHERE ONE CAN CURL UP WITH A GOOD BOOK.

SOUNDBITE (Ukrainian) Sasha (no last name given), anti-government protester:

"I am providing security for Ukrainian House and after being at the barricades I come here to distract myself from reality, from war and from bloodshed. It is a very good place for a library because you can come here and read something romantic, or funny stories."

PROTESTERS TOOK OVER THE UKRANIAN HOUSE OVER TWO WEEKS AGO WITH ROCKS AND FIRE BOMBS TO DRIVE OUT POLICE.

NOW TOUGH YOUNG MEN HOLDING CLUBS CONFRONT UNFAMILIAR PEOPLE.

BUT FOR PROTESTERS WHO SEEK A BREAK FROM THE TENSIONS OF NEARBY MAIDAN SQUARE - THEY HAVE FOUND AN INTELLECTUAL OASIS.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nastya (no last name given) student from Sumy, western Ukraine:

"This library appears so surprising for me. In all this violence, fires and war you can just sit here, read some books or take with you and just relax or just think about our history, about other facts and heros."

UKRAINIAN HISTORY SEEMS TO BE THE MOST POPULAR TOPIC AMONG THE 200 TO 500 PEOPLE WHO VISIT THE MAKESHIFT LIBRARY EVERY DAY.

SALIM ESSAID, ASSOCIATED PRESS

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