Ukraine president backs call for talks with opposition; riot police deploy in Kiev

By Will Englund, December 9, 2013

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainian riot police moved methodically around the periphery of the sprawling protest camps here Monday, away from the focus of attention, the occupied Independence Square.

They removed barricades on side streets, dismantled tents and calmly moved groups of protesters away from buildings of the national government. One police unit — it isn’t clear which agency it was from — raided the headquarters of the opposition Fatherland party on a quiet street in the lower part of the capital city, seizing and smashing computer equipment.

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