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Minister for Europe concerned about violence in Kyiv

FCO Minister for Europe David Lidington concerned at reports of violent disruption at peaceful demonstration in the Ukrainian capital.

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Speaking today Mr Lidington said:

I was very concerned to hear reports of police violence being used to break up a peaceful demonstration in Kyiv in the early hours of this morning. I am aware that further demonstrations are planned this weekend.

I urge the Ukrainian authorities to respect the right of peaceful protest and to investigate thoroughly why police violence was used today.

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Published 30 November 2013