Protesters leave Kiev’s City Hall

Ukrainians vow to return if activists’ charges not dropped

Posted: February 17, 2014 at 3:34 a.m.

Opposition supporters leave Kiev City Hall in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. Anti-government demonstrators in Ukraine's capital ended their nearly three-month occupation of Kiev City Hall on Sunday as promised in exchange for the release of all jailed protesters. But tensions remained high as hundreds stayed outside the building, vowing to retake it if the government fails to drop all criminal charges against the protesters. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

KIEV, Ukraine — Ending their occupation of City Hall in Kiev, Ukrainian protesters withdrew from the large granite building Sunday — but then quickly threatened to take it back if authorities did not immediately fulfill a pledge to drop all criminal charges against political activists.

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