Euromaidan, Kyiv – December 9

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21.00 – people are heeding social media calls to swell numbers in the centre. Atmosphere fairly jolly. Protesters that I have seen in Lutheranska/Institutska area roaming the streets are not carrying sticks.

18.15 – in the last hour police have started to blockade a camp set up by protesters in Lutheranska.

This was set up by opposition activists yesterday opposite a row of riot police guarding an entrance to the Presidential Administration in a bid to disrupt government operations.

Two of the remaining three exits were sealed and an operation to remove a barricade 100 metres away began.

The oil drum fire used by protesters sizzles after police move to clear a small barricade
The oil drum fire used by protesters sizzles after police move to clear a small barricade

A bulldozer moves in to clear what was a fairly flimsy barricade
A bulldozer moves in to clear what was a fairly flimsy barricade
Police have blocked three exits from a camp in Lutheranska
Police have blocked exits from a camp in Lutheranska

Police jostled protesters to force them to move.

One said: “They pushed me with their shields. They did not try to hit us. We had to move.”

He said nobody was hurt during the operation. When I visited, there were no signs of anyone being injured. About 100 protesters appear to be involved. They did not seem to be agitated or frightened.

They have fixed tents in the middle of the road and some were warming their hands on a fire in an oil drum.

3.15pm – several busloads of police about 100 metres from City Hall.

Their blockade faced an opposition blockade in Khreshatik.

But they have now been hemmed in by a fresh, peaceful line of actvists (pic near bottom).

Many onlookers. Protesters sing the Ukrainian national anthem to them.

Outside City Hall, young men are visibly agitated and on their guard. They carry sticks, thick chair legs.

Mood is not ugly, but this is darkest atmosphere since Berkut’s actions eight days ago.

Near Marinsky Park, young men play keepy-uppy with a football. People are going about their daily business.

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Police have created a new roadblock at Arsenalna Metro. The road here is a leading artery into the centre of the city.

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Comparatively few people at Bankova barricade. Usually it’s busier. A priest stands sentinel.

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Tension has ratcheted up. No longer a Glastonbury vibe. Groups of protesters have donned protective clothing and are carrying sticks or thick broom handles.

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And they’re still hammering the hell out of Lenin.

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