Ukraine opposition vacates city hall in Kiev
Sunday, February 16, 2014
KIEV, Ukraine - Ukrainian anti-government protesters ended a two-month-old occupation of the City Hall in the country's capital, Kiev, on Sunday, officials said.
The evacuation comes in response to the government’s promise to drop all criminal charges against arrested activists who have been provisionally freed -- on condition the protesters vacate government buildings and lift roadblocks by Monday.
However, demonstrators and masked men in military clothing have threatened to return if the government does not keep its promise to drop the charges.
The last 234 protesters were released from jail this week as part of the amnesty agreement.
The Kiev City Hall had been the symbolic center of the anti-government protests, which began in late November when President Viktor Yanukovych refused to sign an EU trade deal in favor of strong economic ties with Russia.
At least six people have been killed so far in the anti-government protests, which have caused turmoil in the country.
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