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MEXICO---President Barack Obama
says the US strongly condemns
violence taking place in Venezuela and
Obama was speaking at a joint
news conference with Canadian Prime
Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican
President Enrique Pena Nieto. He says
the violence in both Venezuela and
Ukraine was unacceptable.
Obama says rather than trying to
distract from protests by making
false accusations against US
diplomats, Venezuela's government
should address the people's
legitimate grievances. He's calling on
Venezuela to release detained
In Ukraine, President Viktor
Yanukovych and protest leaders
agreed to a truce Wednesday. Obama
urged Ukraine's military to show
restraint and for the government to
withdraw riot police. (AP)
Obama condemns violence in Ukraine, Venezuela
KIEV---Fearing that a call for a truce was a
ruse, protesters tossed firebombs and
advanced upon police lines yesterday in
Ukraine s embattled capital. Government
snipers shot back and the almost-medieval
melee left at least 22 people dead.
Video footage on Ukrainian television
showed shocking scenes yesterday of protesters
being cut down by gunfire, lying on the pave-
ment as comrades rushed to their aid, trying
to protest themselves with shields. Protesters
were seen leading 67 captured policemen
around the sprawling protest camp in central
Kiev, or carrying bodies away on sheets of
plastic or planks of wood.
An AP cameraman saw snipers shooting at
protesters in Kiev. Video footage showed that
at least one sniper wearing the uniform of
Ukraine s riot police.
President Viktor Yanukovych and the oppo-
sition protesters who demand his resignation
are locked in an epic battle over the identity
of Ukraine, a nation of 46 million that has
divided loyalties between Russia and the West.
Parts of the country---mostly in its western
cities---are in open revolt against Yanukovych s
central government, while many in eastern
Ukraine favour strong ties with Russia, their
former Soviet ruler.
At least 50 people have died this week in
the clashes in Kiev, a sharp reversal in the
three-month, mostly peaceful political crisis.
Now neither side appears willing to compro-
mise, with the opposition insisting on
Yanukovych s resignation and an early election
and the president apparently prepared to fight
until the end.
The carnage appears to show that neither
Yanukovych nor the opposition leaders he met
with Wednesday appear to be in control of
the chaos engulfing Ukraine.
The truce late Wednesday appeared to have
little credibility among hardcore protesters at
Kiev s Independence Square campsite. One
protest camp commander, Oleh Mykhnyuk,
told the AP that even after the truce, protesters
still threw firebombs at riot police on the
As the sun rose, police pulled back, the pro-
testers followed them and police then began
shooting at them, he said.
The Interior Ministry warned Kiev residents
to stay indoors yesterday because of the "armed
and aggressive mood of the people."
Yanukovych claimed yesterday that police
were not armed and "all measures to stop
bloodshed and confrontation are being taken."
The Interior Ministry later said that law
enforcers will be given weapons as part of an
Amid the carnage, signs were emerging that
Yanukovych is losing loyalists. The chief of
Kiev s city administration, Volodymyr
Makeyenko, announced he was leaving
Yanukovych s Party of Regions.
The parliament building was evacuated yes-
terday because of fears protesters were prepar-
ing to storm it.
The government office and the Foreign Min-
istry buildings were also evacuated.
As the violence exploded and heavy smoke
from burning barricades at the encampment
belched into the sky, the foreign ministers of
three European countries---France, Germany
and Poland---met with Yanukovych after
speaking with the opposition leaders. (AP)
Activists pay respects to protesters who were killed in clashes with police in Kiev's
Independence Square, the epicentre of the country's current unrest, Kiev, Ukraine, yesterday.
• 67 policemen captured
• Parliament building evacuated
Ukraine truce fails
...22 more cut down by sniper fire
Bodies of killed
carried in central
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