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Ukrainian protesters besiege government buildings

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published December 2, 2013 at 7:41 a.m. Updated December 2, 2013 at 11:08 a.m.

KIEV, Ukraine — Thousands of Ukrainian protesters on Monday besieged government buildings in Kiev and called for the ouster of the prime minister and his Cabinet, as anger at the president's decision to ditch a deal for closer ties with the European Union gripped other parts of the country and threatened his rule.

The entrances to the Cabinet and central bank buildings were blocked, after a huge rally in the capital by hundreds of thousands Sunday. That demonstration was mostly peaceful, until a group of protesters tried to storm President Viktor Yanukovych's office. After hours of scuffles, police chased protesters away with tear gas and truncheons, injuring dozens.

It was a violent police action against protesters early Saturday that galvanized the latest round of protests, whose aim is to bring down the president and his government.

At least three lawmakers of the governing Party of Regions have quit in protest and one of them, Inna Bohoslovska, previously a vocal government supporter, called on other legislators to leave the party. A top Agriculture Ministry official also resigned Monday.

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