‘They lost the chance to speak to us in a civilized way’: Boxer turned politician Vitali Klitschko rallies Ukraine crowd after massive clash with police
Ukrainian activists swarmed central Kiev Wednesday, reclaiming the epicentre of anti-government protests after an overnight police raid that left dozens injured.
Thousands of demonstrators, some of them singing and dancing, crowded in and near Independence Square as police withdrew following clashes to clear barricades and tents from the area and a standoff at City Hall, seized by demonstrators 10 days ago. Thirty people sought medical aid by mid-morning, the Kiev government said in an e-mailed statement.
“After today’s development, the authorities lost the chance to speak to us in a civilized way,” opposition leader Vitali Klitschko, the world heavyweight boxing champion, said from a stage in the square. “I address all people of Kiev: please come here — only together can we defend our rights.” (Photo: AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
I think it’s appropriate that there is a Nine Inch Nails sign standing between the police and protesters.