Massive demonstrations are continuing through the night in Kiev, where live streams are showing streets literally on fire with no sign the protests are losing momentum.
While anti-government protests have been ongoing since late November — due to President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to pull out of a treaty with the EU — it has gotten much more heated in recent days, with two activists killed on Wednesday, BBC reports.
Interestingly, the protests have gotten worse after new laws went into effect on Tuesday that ban nearly all forms of protest in the country, AFP reports.
The root of the current situation lies not in corruption but policy, as the president has moved toward a deal with Putin and Russia, in place of the European Union agreement. The protesters want Ukraine to be a part of the European Union. The Russia deal moves them further away from that.
There have already seen some incredible photos of just how large the protests have become. As these live streams show, nightfall doesn’t seem to slow them down.
“If tomorrow the President does not make a step forward,” said one protest leader to CNN, “we will attack.”
Here’s a wider angle:
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