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Ukraine: amnesty but no end to protests

ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Anti-government protesters kept the pressure on Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich on Monday morning (February 17), despite the general prosecutor's announcement that criminal charges against activists would be dropped as part of an amnesty deal aimed at reducing tension between the government and its opponents. The prosecutor's announcement came after protesters agreed to their part of the deal which was to vacate government buildings and allow traffic to access through barricaded areas leading to government buildings in Kiev. The barricades, however, would not come down, protesters said. On Sunday morning (February 16) protesters left Kiev City Hall which they had occupied for two months. Despite the conciliatory moves, opposition leaders sought to keep up pressure on Yanukovich, telling a rally in Kiev's Independence Square that he must abandon "dictatorial" powers and let them form a government independent of him.

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