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 Maidan crackdown: two years ago Berkut riot police brutally beat students. PHOTOS

At 4 a.m. on Nov. 30, 2013, about 300 Berkut riot police officers launched their bloody crackdown on Maidan protesters.

At least 1,000 people stayed on the square at that time, mostly students, Censor.NET recalls.

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The dispersal was extremely cruel. First, people were surrounded at the monument, then a fierce beating started. The policemen were using the batons indiscriminately - students, women - kicked the fallen, dragged them on the ground. Berkut officers were chasing protesters far beyond the Maidan.

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Several foreign nationals were hit during the crackdown. In particular, a Polish citizen Jacek was injured. Overall, some 70 people suffered.

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Part of protesters were chased to St. Michael's Monastery where they hid from the police.

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The Ministry of Internal Affairs, then led by Vitalii Zakharchenko, excused such violent actions by the necessity of installing a Christmas tree and arranging a fair on the square.

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After protesters were forced out of the square, the police took the whole perimeter around the Independence Monument. At the same time, Christmas tree installation started.

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The night of Nov. 30, 2013 became the revolution's turning point. The following day's afternoon, loads of people gathered for a spontaneous protest at St. Michael's Square. Self defense squads started to be formed. This was the day when AutoMaidan - a union of Kyiv motorists - emerged. The opposition called the crackdown a "bloody" action. The National Resistance Staff was set up.

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Photos: TSN, UNIAN, Ukrainska Pravda, Gazeta.ua, Twitter, FacebookИсточник: https://en.censor.net.ua/p362968
 
 
 
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