Euromaidan, Kyiv, protests – December 4

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9pm Vitali Klitchko finishes speaking to a crowd of about 10,000. A quiet evening. At Parliament, more buses, all empty, are moved into the government- controlled area.

2.30pm Back at the Parliament. In their fenced off compound the Party of Regions faithful listen to a speaker. On the other side of railings they are stared at, like animals in a zoo, by opposition supporters.

There are jeers and laughs from outside the railings at the claims from the speaker on the podium. A man holds a two-sided square card about ten inches square, in a cleft stick above his head.

On one side is a picture of Yanukovych with the word ‘Tsar’, written on it. He flips the card to show Prime Minister Azarov with the wordl ‘Podilka’ on it (I don’t know what that means).

There is a some good-natured talking between factions through the railings. No threats, no rude signs, no hard stares.

1pm sunny, balmy 2C in Kyiv. Speechifying in Independence Square. Several thousand people present.

A source tells me universities have been told that registers must be kept of attendance at lectures by students, to prevent them joining protests. Lecturers, too, are also being monitored, I’m told.

Wood is stockpiled by people who are, in effect, now living in Independence Square
Wood is stockpiled by people who are, in effect, now living in Independence Square

So students are attending protests in between lectures.

Generally more people around than yesterday in centre.

12.30pm At the Parliament, supporters of the Party of Regions chant: “Yanukovych, Yanukovych!”

He’s in China so he can’t hear them.

Meanwhile Berkyt – the paramilitary police – have blocked off road next to Parliament with strategic deployment of buses as barricades.

Above : Bankova. Police seal off the Presidential Administration. Protesters voluntarily stay about 200 yards away. There is a barricade restricting their access to this area, manned by protest stewards. This was the scene of the violent clashes on Sunday. Above : Bankova. Police seal off the Presidential Administration. Protesters voluntarily stay about 200 yards away. There is a barricade restricting their access to this area, manned by protest stewards. This was the scene of the violent clashes on Sunday.

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Above: a protester taunts government supporters rallying next to Parliament.

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Above: Berkut, paramilitary police, occupy buses blocking the road to Parliament, visible in background. Someone has slapped a sign saying ‘Ukraine in Europe’ on it.

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