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Ukrainian NYers Protest Violence in Their Homeland

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Ukrainian New Yorkers are keeping a close eye on the violence in their homeland.

They gathered in Midtown to demand that certain European banks freeze the assets of the Ukrainian Government.

They say that their homeland is turning into a dictatorship, and they want to see action taken against it.

Protesters NY1 spoke with say the bloodshed must stop.

"We demand Union Bank and Deutsche Bank to freeze dictators' money," said one protester. "Our people die on the streets."

"A lot of my friends have been threatened," said another. "Some of my friends have been threatened even in the European Union. One of the lawyers who was passing some anti-corruption documents in France was threatened."

"They're out there fighting for democracy. They're out there fighting for freedom, for freedom of press, freedom of speech, freedom of everything," said Rabbi Yaakov Bleich, chief rabbi of Kiev and Ukraine.

Hundreds have been killed or wounded in the violent clashes since late last year.

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