Three anti-government protesters in Ukraine have been reportedly shot dead by police in the capital city of Kiev.
According to medical officials, three protesters were killed on Wednesday after being shot in the center of the Ukrainian capital during a rally organized in defiance of a recently adopted anti-protest law in the Eastern European country.
This comes after fresh clashes broke out once the police arrested some demonstrators and began removing barricades set up by the protesters on Kiev’s central Grushevsky Street.
The demonstrators and police forces have been facing off for two days in downtown Kiev. Hundreds of thousands of protesters have joined the demonstrations.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said on Tuesday that the authorities have no choice but to resort to force if the anti-government protests continue in the country.
The remarks came on the same day that an anti-protest law came into effect in the former Soviet Republic.
The new legislation bans any unauthorized installation of tents, stages or amplifiers in public places.
Ukraine has been witnessing anti-government protests since Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych refrained from signing an Association Agreement with European Union at the third Eastern Partnership Summit in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, in late November 2013, in favor of closer ties with Russia.[More]