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Photos: Vitali Klitschko Suffers Injury in Wild Ukraine Riot

KIEV: Ukraine police on Wednesday used tear gas and several people were injured at a chaotic protest against a new language law as the president summoned the leaders of parliament to limit a growing crisis. The opposition has reacted furiously to the rushed passing by the Ukrainian parliament the Verkhovna Rada late on Tuesday of the law elevating the status of Russian, which was not on the parliament’s agenda for that day.

Around 1,000 people, including WBC heavyweight champion and opposition figure Vitali Klitschko, staged an angry protest in the centre of Kiev and were rapidly involved in clashes with a large force of anti-riot police. Several people were left covered in blood and broken glass littered the street. Klitschko said a bottle was thrown during the brawl, injuring his hand.

The police used tear gas in an apparent bid to bring the situation under control.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych also summoned parliament’s speakers and faction chiefs for an urgent meeting to defuse the growing stand-off after Verkhovna Rada speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn offered to resign.

Lytvyn has expressed outrage that he was not warned by other parliament leaders that they planned to vote on the language law in a second and final reading. He was not even present in the chamber when the vote took place.

“The president has invited the leadership of the Verkhovna Rada to discuss the situation in parliament,” Yanukovych’s office said in a statement.

The protest took place outside the Kiev conference centre where Yanukovych was scheduled to talk to the press. The demonstration broke up by midday but no new time for the press conference was announced.

The language law was pushed through by the majority from Yanukovych’s Regions Party but it is unclear if he supported the strong-arm tactics that were used to adopt it.

The bill — which still needs to be signed by Yanukovych — says Ukrainian is the official language but states that minority languages can be used by officials and bodies in regions where the population uses these languages.

This gives a boost to Russian, historically the language of eastern Ukraine and the Crimean peninsula, and the opposition fears that the law will undermine the use of the Ukrainian language.

“This is not a language issue, this is a splitting of the country,” Klitschko, who heads Kiev-based political party Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform told reporters at the protest.

The crowd chanted the traditionally nationalist slogans like “Glory to Ukraine, glory to heroes,” and “Glory to the nation, death to the enemies,” and held several signs including one that read “For the language, for Motherland.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by JAB5239 on 07-07-2012

[QUOTE=JAB5239;12310717]Not for nothing, but you've contradicted yourself twice. I one post you say you would approve Vitaly's killing. In this one you say he shouldn't be killed. You also say we should live with no crime but would justify murder…

Comment by Ziggy Stardust on 07-07-2012

[QUOTE=Joeyzagz;12310832]Ive never felt as ignorant as I have in this thread. Can someone explain why posters are rooting for Russia to sodomize smaller nations? When did this become cool?[/QUOTE] [COLOR="DarkOrchid"]It seems like a lot of people have an "inner despot"…

Comment by Joeyzagz on 07-07-2012

Ive never felt as ignorant as I have in this thread. Can someone explain why posters are rooting for Russia to sodomize smaller nations? When did this become cool?

Comment by JAB5239 on 07-07-2012

[QUOTE=Medved;12307782] As much as I love Vitali, I will approve him getting killed for a reckless stunt like this, Vitali is basically saying, thank you Russia for giving me such strong gene's and helping me become a world champ and…

Comment by Daïa on 07-07-2012

I know nothing about Ukrainian politic, but bravo to Vitali to take some risk and for his political involvment.

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