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Two years ago, clashes began at Hrushevsky Street in Kyiv
13:21, 19 January 2016
Two years ago, clashes began at Hrushevsky Street in Kyiv

January 19 marked the rise of violence in the standoff between Euromaidan activists and the riot police

13:21, 19 January 2016

Reuters

It's been two years since clashes between Euromaidan protesters and Berkut riot police started at Hrushevsky street in the downtown Kyiv.

On January 19, 2014, a Sunday mass protest, took place gathering up to 200,000 in central Kyiv to protest against the new anti-protest laws, dubbed the Dictatorship laws. Many protesters ignored the face concealment ban by wearing party masks, hard hats and gas masks. Riot police and government supporters cornered a group of people who were trying to seize government buildings.

The number of riot police on Hrushevskoho Street increased after buses and army trucks showed up. The latter resulted in the buses being burned as a barricade. The next day, a clean-up began in Kyiv. On 22 January, more violence erupted in the city.

During the January 2014 riots at Hrushevsky street, four protesters perished.

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