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Dozens arrested as police crack down in Ukraine regions

AFP , Monday 27 Jan 2014
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Ukrainian police have arrested dozens of protesters who were trying to seize regional government headquarters in President Viktor Yanukovych's eastern heartland, local media reported on Monday.

The reports said 37 protesters were arrested in Dnipropetrovsk, 30 in Zaporizhya, 12 in Cherkasy and 11 in Sumy following clashes with security forces that mirrored developments in the protest epicentre in Kiev.

In Sumy, eyewitnesses said police used heavy-handed tactics, beating activists who had occupied the regional administration building.

They said police had initially asked the protesters to leave the offices peacefully and most had done so before a sudden raid.

Several injuries have also been reported in different regions -- among both protesters and the police -- particularly in Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhya.

All the local government offices in largely pro-opposition western Ukraine -- except for the Transcarpathia region -- have already been occupied over the past few days.

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