Friday, April 18, 2014   

Protesters rail against Kiev lawmakers
(12-03 17:35)

Ukraine's parliament opened a high-tension session in which the opposition aims to put forward a vote of no-confidence in the government in the wake of both the president's shelving an agreement with the European Union and police violence against demonstrators protesting that decision.
Inside the parliament, opposition members shouted “shame'' and “revolution'' as pro-government lawmakers spoke, while opposition speakers drew boos and jeer. Outside the building, thousands of demonstrators were gathered, calling for the government's dismissal.
“Shame to your president and shame to your government,'' spat out Arseniy Yatsenyuk, a lawmaker with the Fatherland party, the largest opposition grouping.
After members of the various factions speak, the parliament will consider whether to put an opposition-backed no-confidence motion to a vote. If it does come to a vote, it is unclear if the opposition has enough support to pass it. Several lawmakers from the governing party have defected.
President Viktor Yanukovych's decision last week to shelve the long-anticipated agreement to deepen economic and political ties with the EU and to seek closer cooperation with Russia instead, brought thousands of protesters to the streets. After police brutally swept aside a protest gathering early Saturday, anger grew and some 300,000 protesters came out on Sunday.—AP
   
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