Protests in the Ukraine
Protests in the Ukraine Reuters

Hundreds rallied on Thursday outside the Interior Ministry in Kiev, Ukraine, in protest of the brutal beating of journalist and activist Tetyana Chernovil.

Chernovil was brutally beaten outside Kiev on Wednesday, the latest in a string of attacks on activists and opposition members who have been calling for the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych.

Chernovil, 34, was attacked as she was driving home. Her car was cornered by a sports utility vehicle and, when she tried to flee, she was beaten by several men. Chernovil sustained a concussion and her nose and face were broken.

The attack took place hours after Chernovil published an article on a posh suburban residence which she claimed was being built for Zakharchenko.

The hundreds of journalists and opposition activists demanded the resignation of Interior Minister Vitali Zakharchenko in the wake of the attack on Chernovil.

Some held up pictures of Chernovil, who has been one of the leaders of the mass demonstrations in the Ukraine. The protests started more than a month ago when Yanukovych decided to scrap a deal with the EU in favor of stronger ties with Russia.

United States Secretary of State John Kerry has criticized the crackdown on the protesters, saying the U.S. "expresses its disgust with the decision of Ukrainian authorities to meet the peaceful protest... with riot police, bulldozers and batons, rather than with respect for democratic rights and human dignity. This response is neither acceptable nor does it befit a democracy."

During a recent visit to Moldova, Kerry expressed support for the popular movement in Ukraine, saying "to the people of the Ukraine, we say... you, too, deserve the opportunity to choose your own future."

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