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Wednesday, 19 February 2014 | MYT 4:35 PM

Protest action in Kiev was an 'attempt to seize power' - interim PM

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's interim prime minister said on Wednesday that protests which brought violent clashes with police on Tuesday amounted to an attempted coup.

"This was not a demonstration of democracy ... It is the manipulation of people's minds and an attempt to seize power by force," Serhiy Arbuzov told a televised government meeting.

(Writing By Richard Balmforth; Editing by Matt Robinson)

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