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20 Mar, 2009 22:45

Anti-government protesters beaten in Ukraine

A camp for anti-government protesters in Kiev’s central square has been broken up by men in camouflage uniforms. Two of the demonstrators have been taken to hospital.

According to the Interfax news agency, the public movement, “Get’ Usih” (“Against Everyone”), claimed two of its members were hospitalised after the attack which was carried out among the movement's activists, at their tent camp on the Independence Square in Kiev on Friday.

The attack was carried out by around a hundred people dressed in camouflage gear with police assistance, the Fraternity Party’s press office said.

The victims sustained head injuries and multiple bruises, the movement’s press office said. The activists say police failed to intervene as they were being attacked. Police denying involvement in the incident.

The protesters oppose President Viktor Yushchenko’s regime and are blaming the authorities for the crackdown.