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Protests cause multi-mln-USD damage to Ukrainian capital: official

English.news.cn   2014-01-21 23:50:04

KIEV, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- The two-month anti-government protests have so far caused about 1.75 million U.S. dollars' worth of damage to the Ukrainian capital, an official said Tuesday.

"We took into account the damage caused to the Independence Square, as well as to some other buildings in central Kiev," said Anatoliy Holubchenko, acting head of Kiev City State Administration.

Mariinsky Park, where pro-government supporters camped out, was also damaged by the protests, Holubchenko said, adding that Kiev authorities estimated the losses from pro-government rallies at 37,500 dollars.

The administration, said the official, intends to claim compensation for damage caused by all demonstrators, regardless of their political affiliation.

A gathering against the government's decision to suspend the signing of an association agreement with the European Union was organized in the central Independence Square in Kiev last November. The demonstrators set up barricades and tents in the area and lived there for around 2 months.

Anti-government protesters also occupied the Kiev City State Administration and the House of Trade Unions.

Meanwhile, government supporters erected their camps in Mariinsky Park, the central parkland of Kiev.

Editor: yan
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