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Protest grows in Ukraine, as lawmakers reject demands

Demonstrators in Kiev say they will not leave the streets until they have succeeded in removing the government.
Demonstrators in Kiev say they will not leave the streets until they have succeeded in removing the government.Credit: Vasily Fedosenko/REUTERS

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KIEV — The demonstrators who have laid siege to public buildings in this rattled capital expanded their protest, blockading the central bank on Wednesday and setting up tents and lighting bonfires on the sidewalk outside.

Protest leaders had vowed to surround additional government buildings after the Ukrainian Parliament on Tuesday defeated a measure calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and his government.

The failure of the no-confidence vote pushed the battle for the future of Ukraine back onto the streets, where protests began over the weekend. Demonstrators allied with opposition leaders say they will not relent until they have succeeded in removing the government, including President Viktor F. Yanukovych.

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