Bolshevik day clashes hit Kiev

AFP , Monday 7 Nov 2011

Ukrainian nationalists and communist supporters clash on the 94th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution

Communist supporters clashed with Ukrainian nationalists in central Kiev on Monday during an unsanctioned rally marking the anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution.

Shoving and shouting broke out when groups of nationalists that promote independence from Russia tried to stop some 1,000 mostly elderly demonstrators from walking down a main street with portraits of Stalin and Lenin.

No one was reported hurt in the incident but the police said they had made at least three arrests.

Ukraine stopped observing 7 November as a national holiday in 2000, although leftist parties still try to stage rallies on the anniversary of the Soviet Communists' rise to power.

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