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    Posted December 5, 2013 by
    Kiev, Ukraine

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    Kiev Euromaidan stays on

    Thousands of men and women of various ages and social groups sustain an on-going protest on Kiev's Independence Square and nearby streets. The square is known as Maidan - a word of Turk origin meaning in Ukrainian a city square where people assemble to make themselves heard.

    The protest started in the end of November when president Yanukovych abruptly refused an association treaty with the European Union he was for months saying Ukraine badly needed to sign. In the wee-hours of Saturday, November 30, riot police violently dispersed several hundred protesters who stayed on Maidan overnight, most were sleeping at the time of attack. Police were clubbing people on heads, arms, legs - many were severely injured. Nobody could explain the necessity for such violence which sparked the protests anew.

    Now protesters have barricaded Maidan and have occupied a nearby Kiev City Hall, the Trade Unions building and a concert hall. The latter two actually opened their doors and invited protesters to take shelter from the freezing cold inside.

    What may sound like a dangerous mixture bound to ignite in violence, is in reality a very peaceful protest which mobilized peoples' ability to self-organize and take car of everything: food, shelter, sanitary conditions, toilets, warm clothes, etc. Volunteers bring and distribute food and hot tea for free. A half-assembled Christmas tree on Maidan is sporting Ukrainian flags and revolutionary art. The assembly of the Christmas tree was announced as the reason why protesters were being removed from the square back on Nov. 30.

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