Ukraine president promises concessions in response to spreading protests Nicholas Tomsho at 12:34 PM ET
[JURIST] Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych [official website] promised concessions on Friday in response to the growing unrest in the country. The concessions would include [AP report] a change in Yanukovych's cabinet members, amnesty for many imprisoned protesters who have not been accused of serious crimes, and reform of the country's anti-protest legislation. At a meeting with religious leaders Yanukovych called for a special parliament meeting next Tuesday to push the reforms through. Yanukovych reached out [Al Jazeera report] to opposition leaders in an effort to end the crisis in a series of unannounced meetings. The formerly peaceful protests have become increasingly violent with reports of detained protesters being abused by police. The demonstrators are calling for Yanukovych to resign and for new elections to be held. Presidential allies still control a majority of parliament, despite pressure amid the clashes for members to resign.
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