Friday, January 24, 2014

Ukranian Riot Police Strip Protester Naked in Sub-Freezing Temperatures

Pro-EU Ukrainians protest in Kiev
KIEV, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Ukrainian riot police made a detained protester strip and then stand naked in the snow while they took pictures of him, a video posted on a newspaper's website showed.

The video, published by Ukrainska Pravda, showed a man of around 40, wearing only socks, standing in snow near a police bus. Daytime temperatures on Thursday when the video was shot were minus 10 Celsius (14 Fahrenheit). After being forced to pose holding a piece of metal tubing while a police officer took a picture, saying "a photo for the memory books", he was allowed to go on to the bus.
As he did so, another officer kicked him in the leg.

In a statement later, police apologized for the 'inadmissible action' and said they were launching an investigation. Three protesters have been killed and more than 150 police have been wounded in days of violent clashes in the centre of Kiev. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich has called for an emergency session of parliament to end the violent unrest.

Police detained protesters during a clash in central Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. City health officials and police said that two people died of gunshot wounds during the clashes Wednesday morning. But the opposition charges that as many as five people have died. The mass protests in the capital of Kiev erupted after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych spurned a pact with the European Union in favor of close ties with Russia, which offered him a $15 billion bailout.  

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