Protesters, police clash in Ukraine's capital

6:32 PM, Jan 19, 2014   |    comments
A protester throws a stone towards a burning police bus in front of him, during clashes with police, in central Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Evgeny Feldman)
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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Thousands of anti-government demonstrators have been clashing with riot police in Ukraine's capital today, attacking officers with sticks, stones and flares after new laws were passed to stifle protests.

Dozens of people were injured, including more than 20 police.

Many of the protesters wore hard hats and gas masks in defiance of the new legislation, which bans those items at rallies. They also used stun grenades and fire extinguishers on officers. A police bus was set on fire, and some activists broke pavement into chunks.

Police responded by using tear gas and stun grenades of their own. Water cannons were also fired at the protesters, but the clashes continued for hours.

Round-the-clock protests in Kiev began two months ago after President Viktor Yanukovych (yah-noo-KOH'-vich) decided to freeze ties with the European Union and seek a huge bailout from Russia.

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