See Ukrainian protesters dressed like Medieval warriors

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Demonstrators on Kiev's main square in Ukraine have camped out in anti-government protests for nearly two months. When events turned violent this week, their weapons took on an antique aura that made their clashes resembled a Medieval assault.


(AP Photo/Evgeny Feldman, file)


ARMED TO THE TEETH

Protesters have armed themselves like Crusaders with plywood shields, often painted with a cross, against the stun grenades and rubber bullets from police lines.


(AP Photo/Sergei Grits, file)


Many protesters are protecting their heads with helmets and even colanders. One man came in Medieval battle armor, and another fashioned himself a bow and arrow for the fight.


(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, file)


One group of men made a massive catapult from boards to pelt firebombs a longer distance; when it was burned down in a police attack, they rebuilt it the next day.



THE BARRICADES

Protesters have attempted to keep the police at bay by building 10-foot-high (3-meter-high) barricades along all the entrances to Kiev's Independence Square. The barricades are piled high with everything from wooden poles to rubber tires. On Thursday night, as temperatures dropped to minus-15 C (5 F), demonstrators shoveled snow into burlap sacks and tossed them to the top of the heap. They splashed the barricades with water to make them freeze solid and be tricky for police to climb. Then, demonstrators set huge piles of tires alight on Wednesday after after police chased them away from one clash site, engulfing much of downtown Kiev in billowing black smoke.

TAUNTING THE ENEMY

Some protesters erected a mock tribunal with an effigy of President Viktor Yanukovych in a striped inmate's uniform, sitting in a cage with his arms and neck tied up to the metal bars. The opposition has invented a wide variety of chants mocking Yanukovych and his deputies.

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