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Violence Ensues after Ukraine Anti-Protest Laws Passed

Protesters in Ukraine erected barricades to block government buildings and are openly fighting police after Ukraine’s parliament enacted restrictions on protesting last week. The Associated Press reports that over 200 were wounded in clashes on Sunday and that the fighting continued into Monday.

Protesters threw cobblestones from the streets and Molotov cocktails at the police who responded with stun grenades, water cannons, rubber bullets, and tear gas.

On Thursday, Ukraine’s parliament passed restrictions on the erection of tents, stages, and amplifiers in public spaces, as well as a ban on protesters wearing masks or helmets. Those who “slander” government officials can face a year of “corrective labor.” The bills were passed by a show of hands in a matter of minutes, contrary to the usual practice of electronic voting yielding a decisive count.

These recent clashes are the most violent of the two-month long protest spurred by President Viktor Yanukovych’s rejection of a pact that would bring closer ties with the EU.

For more on the protests check out our slideshow.