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Push and Shove During Ukraine's EuroMaidan. December 9, 2013. Kyiv, Ukraine
11 December, 2014
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The EuroMaidan protests in Ukraine were kicked off on Nov. 30, 2013 when former President Viktor Yanukovych failed to sign an association agreement with the European Union. Yanukovych's government tried to quiet protests, first by force and then with draconian anti-protest laws, but protests refused to disperse instead erecting tents in Kyiv's central square. Protesters also took over several central government buildings in downtown Kyiv.During the protests, police stood guard around government buildings that remained under their control to prevent further take-overs.This video shows how the police and protesters vied for territory in central Kyiv by the police trying to push through the protest barricades and the protesters shoving back to keep their positions.