Pro-European protesters clash with Ukranian riot police during a rally near government administration buildings in Kiev January 19, 2014.An anti-government rally turned violent in Ukraine’s capital Kiev on Sunday as protestors attacked riot police with smoke pellets and officers used truncheons and tear gas against the crowd, ria.ru reports.
Ukraine’s UNIAN news agency reported that protestors are currently trying to break through police cordons and buses blocking entry to a street where the Cabinet of Ministers is headquartered.
The opposition rally, attended by about 10,000, according to police estimates, began on Ukraine’s Independence Square on Sunday afternoon.
The meeting’s participants, angered by the recently adopted anti-protest laws, have ruled to elect an interim government.
About an hour later, about 500 activists wearing helmets and gas masks approached a police cordon in downtown Kiev and attempted to break through police lines towards the government building.
“The young people started throwing firecrackers and smoke pellets at officers and hit them with sticks,” UNIAN reported. “Police, in their turn, used truncheons and tear gas.”
A group of young men set one of police buses on fire.
A dozen more buses with riot police, as well as a water cannon and several ambulance vehicles were seen approaching the area.