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Ukrainian State Oppression Against Protests Triples After Coup - Monitor

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Miners hold protest in front of Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada - Sputnik International
According to a group which monitors protests in Ukraine, repressions against protests in Ukraine more than tripled compared to the time period before the protests which led to Ukraine's 2014 coup.

State repressions against protests in Ukraine more than tripled compared to the period before Ukraine's Euromaidan protests and the February 2014 coup,  a Ukrainian protest monitor said in a release.

According to the Kiev-based Center for Social and Labor Research (CLSR), the number of violent protests in the 11 months prior to the 2013 Euromaidan and the 11 months after August 2014 more than tripled. The monitor found that the peak of government repressions against protests peaked between April and June 2015, with 57 out of every 100 protest facing government violence.

"Worrying is the high frequency of repressions against protests with government critics and demand for lustration, against protests with socio-economic and political demands," the release said.

Rustam Tashbaev - Sputnik International
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The percentage of violent protests also more than doubled in the compared time periods, according to the monitor. At the same time, oppression against what the monitor called "anti-communist" protests decrease while violence at the protests more than doubled.

The monitor also found that even without protests that it labeled "separatist," the number of negative government reactions to protests more than doubled in 2015.

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