Scuffles as pro- and anti-Russian crowds protest in Ukraine’s Crimea

Scuffles as pro- and anti-Russian crowds protest in Ukraine’s Crimea

Thousands of pro- and anti-Russian demonstrators are rallying in front of the parliament building in Simferpol, the capital of Ukraine’s autonomous Crimea region. Scuffles are occasionally breaking out between the two sides in the face-to-face protests.

  The rival groups are protesting for and against the new national  authorities in Kiev. Part of the residents proclaimed that Crimea  will not going to obey Kiev, while the local Muslim community of  Crimean Tatars expressed support for the new Ukrainian  authorities.

  Two separate rallies, consisting of several thousands of  protesters, are facing each other. Russians are shouting   “Russia-Russia!” and “Berkut!”, the name of the special police  task force disbanded yesterday by the new Ukrainian authorities,  who blame them for heavy-handed policing of opposition activists  in recent months in central Kiev. The Muslim community protesters  are shouting “Ukraine-Ukraine!” and “Crimea is not Russia!”   Pro-Russian demonstrators are holding Russian flags, while Tatars  are holding Ukrainian flags and flags of their own nationalist  organizations.

  Video footage from the scene appears to show that both sides are  preparing for a clash. According to some reports, police who were  separating the two sides have left the scene.

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