Ukranian protestors clash with police

Ukranian protestors clash with police
File photo of a protester in Ukraine on January 21.

Hundreds of Ukrainian protesters threw rocks at police outside parliament today, as opposition politicians accused the government of stalling constitutional reform which would decrease the president’s powers.

The confrontation came as a session to discuss those changes was delayed, and two days after protesters left a government building they had been occupying in the capital, Kiev, after the release of scores of jailed activists.

Police responded with tear gas, as smoke from burning tyres billowed over the centre of the city. The clashes dimmed hope for an imminent solution to the nearly three-month long crisis.

Opposition parties accuse President Viktor Yanukovych’s party of stalling reforms which would give parliament greater powers. Mr Yanukovych still remains popular in large parts of the country.

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