Some Kiev bar­ri­cades come down; pro­test­ers balky

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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Demon­stra­tors on the main down­town av­enue of Ukraine’s cap­i­tal set piles of tires ablaze on Satur­day to protest au­thor­i­ties’ call to end the en­camp­ment that be­gan six months ago. A few hun­dred me­ters away, work­ers in hard hats cleared de­bris from torn-down bar­ri­cades.

The con­trast­ing scenes on Kreshchatik Street in Kiev high­lighted just one of the many un­cer­tain­ties fac­ing Ukraine. Even af­ter the May 25 elec­tion for a pres­i­dent to re­place the in­terim leader who took power amid chaos in Fe­bru­ary, many Ukraini­ans re­main deeply sus­pi­cious of the govern­ment, and sev­eral hun­dred are still hold­ing out at a vast protest camp.

Three months of protests dur­ing the win­ter even­tu­ally drove pro-Rus­sia pres­i­dent Vik­tor Yanukovych to flee the coun­try. But the ex­ten­sive protest tent camp and the bar­ri­cades of wooden pal­lets, tires and trash that pro­tected the camp re­mained even af­ter in­terim pres­i­dent Olek­sandr Turchynov was ap­pointed.

The hold­outs say they want to keep up the en­camp­ment un­til the new govern­ment and pres­i­dent-elect Petro Poroshenko carry out im­por­tant re­forms in a coun­try long rid­dled by cor­rup­tion.

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