Protests continue in Kiev
Protesters remained in the central square in Kiev on Friday with no clear resolution in sight for the unrest between the government and opposition forces.
In an effort to quell the violence, President Yanukovich made additional concessions to the opposition, including the repeal of sweeping anti-protest laws, the dismissal of the government, and amnesty for all protesters detained in the past two months of unrest. But doubts remain that these concessions will do much to satisfy the protestors, who continue to demand that Yanukovich resign.
Protests turned violent last week when a series of repressive laws was passed that imposed tight controls on the media and criminalized the largely peaceful protests of the previous two months. The unrest was sparked by Yakunovich’s decision to forego closer trade relations with the European Union, aligning the country closer to President Vladimir Putin’s Russia.