The use of live ammunition by police in Kyiv would only increase what is already a highly volatile situation, Amnesty International said today after four protesters were killed and the government issued a statement saying that police may start using live ammunition.
The death of a man after being brutally beaten by two riot police officers is another example of pervasive police impunity in Ukraine.
Heather McGill, Amnesty International’s Ukraine expert speaks here about the overwhelmingly peaceful demonstrations in Kyiv which turned violent on Sunday night after the government introduced a series of new laws criminalizing protests and severely limiting freedom of assembly, association and expression on Thursday. The new laws came into effect at midnight on Wednesday 22 January.
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