Jan. 19 - Riot police on fire as violent clashes break out at mass rally in Ukraine's capital Kiev. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Riot police in Ukraine were set alight on Sunday night after protesters in the capital Kiev threw flaming objects at them. The violent clashes broke out as protesters demonstrated against tough anti-protest legislation that was rushed through parliament last week. The political opposition says the laws pave the way for a police state. A group of masked demonstrators attacked a cordon of police with sticks and tried to overturn a bus blocking their way to the parliament building after opposition politicians called on people to disregard the new legislation. As tensions continued into the night, police used water cannon against demonstrators gathered near the parliament building and the heavily protected government headquarters, eyewitnesses said. Earlier, some distance away from the clashes, up to 100,000 Ukrainians massed on Kiev's Independence Square in defiance of the sweeping new laws, which ban rallies and which Washington and other Western capitals have denounced as undemocratic.