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Three years since Euromaidan's crackdown on November 30, 2013
10:48, 30 November 2016
Three years since Euromaidan's crackdown on November 30, 2013

It was the first time since the protests began that the police turned violent on peaceful activists

10:48, 30 November 2016

AFP

It is three years since the Euromaidan protest was brutally dispersed by Berkut, the-then Ukrainian riot police. This, as may experts point out, was the beginning of the Revolution of Dignity, as it was the first time since the protests began that the police turned violent on peaceful activists.

Back then, on November 30, 2013, a group of unarmed peaceful protesters were spending the night in the downtown Kyiv, supporting Ukraine's association with the EU. At about 4 a.m., the riot police fighters started to move the protesters outside the Independence Square. The media reported use of brute force and police equipment - batons, stun grenades and tear gas. By various estimates, dozens of people were injured; some protesters were detained and then released. Most of the protesters ran away and found shelter in Mykhailivsky Golden-Dome Monastery - not very far from the Independence Square.

The official reason was the intention of the city hall to set the New Year tree at the Independence Square, while the activists 'got in the way' of doing so. 

The day after that, a lot more people - about a million, by various estimates - marched to the downtown Kyiv, protesting against the police brutality and demanding to punish those behind the crackdown. Not only the Euromaidan survived the oppression, but it also grew into the nationwide movement; since then, the protest attracted even more active participants, and their demands became even more serious and complex.  

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