Protestors in Ukraine are defying authorities, riot police and the elements. That is not to say the riot police is faring any better.
About 2,000 anti-government protesters refuse to budge from their stance. They are dead against the president’s decision to enhance ties with Russia and distance the nation from Europe. While the riot police try to herd them away from government buildings, the demonstrators are not giving an inch, despite the freezing weather.
The protests erupted on November 21 over Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich’s decision to scrap a trade pact with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia.
In Kiev, hundreds and thousands of liberals and nationalists have taken to the streets with many keeping an around-the-clock protest camp in the city centre, however, thankfully; there has been no violence like last week, when dozens of protesters were wounded.
Over the weekend, protesting crowds toppled a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin in the Ukrainian capital - a symbolic rejection of Moscow's power.