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US warns of consequences if EuroMaidan dispersed

29.11.13

With fears rising through Friday following the appearance of thousands of paid thugs and huge contingents of Berkut riot police, the US Ambassador in Kyiv has warned that dispersal of the peaceful pro-European integration protest will adversely affect US-Ukrainian relations.

US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt was speaking on the Ukrainian Service of Voice of America.  He stressed that for the USA freedom of speech and press freedom were fundamental principles, and stated that the Ukrainian government had been informed of the US position. 

“We explained very clearly, both publicly and in person, that the demonstrations which have been taking place this week are a positive thing demonstrating the strength of democracy in Ukraine and it needs to be respected”.  He added that it was positive that President Yanukovych’s Administration had not allowed serious demonstrations of violence and it was important for this to continue.

Both Ukrainian Internet publications and the western media have reported events throughout the day which raised fears that a violent dispersal of the huge crowd on Kyiv’s Maidan Nezalezhnosti [Independence Square] might be imminent.  

Thousands of paid thugs appeared in the centre and there were two flagrant attacks on journalists (see below).

The Delegation of the EU to Ukraine also indicated their concern with the Delegation’s website stating:

“The EU Delegation deeply regrets the violent attack against journalists and other violent actions that were reported this morning. The EU Delegation will follow with great attention the results of the police investigation, and hopes that the culprits of these acts will be brought to justice.”

 

see also:
Freedom House: President should resign, sanctions warranted if more violence against protesters
Hundreds Injured in Kiev as Riot Police Crack Down
No will to investigate harassment of journalists
International Renaissance Foundation breaks off collaboration with Ukrainian authorities
UHHRU calls for Presidents Impeachment and Dismissal of Government
Police action incompatible with democracy
Berkut violently breaks up EuroMaidan
Thugs attack Channel 5 film crew near pro-government rally
Hromadskie.tv journalists beaten up in centre of Kyiv
New political season brings journalists increased threats and intimidation
Cases of censorship and obstruction triple
Titushko and fellow assailants receive suspended sentences
Assaulted journalists angered by whitewashing of passive police officers
Outrage and police excuses over Berkut violence against journalist
Berkut riot police disperse peaceful protest on Independence Square
More Clashes with police and protesters versions differing radically