KIEV – The Ukrainian opposition hoped to muster tens of thousands of demonstrators Sunday in an effort to lend new momentum to demands that President Viktor Yanukovych step down amid a row over closer ties with the European Union.
Three main opposition parties said they were establishing “a national resistance task force” after riot police brutally dispersed a rally of opposition supporters and wounded several dozen Saturday. The rally was broken up by baton-wielding police who attacked about 1,000 protesters on Independence Square in the capital, Kiev, in the early hours of Saturday morning.
About 10,000 people gathered in central Kiev on Friday night calling for Yanukovych’s dismissal after the president refused to sign a key political and free trade agreement with the EU.
The opposition called for a new protest in a central Kiev park after police erected metal barriers around Independence Square.