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Ukraine protests go viral on social media

Updated: 2014-01-30 08:27
By Dario Thuburn in Kiev, Ukraine ( China Daily)

For every Ukrainian protester smashing in a window, throwing a Molotov cocktail or being hit by riot police, there will be several people standing nearby with their smartphones aloft livestreaming the event.

Web channels have sprung up - some with presenters in improvised studios commenting in real time on the live feeds from protests in Kiev and beyond - and clips of some of the most shocking clashes have gone viral on social media.

Social media have given international resonance to the events in Ukraine but also had a much more practical effect of helping to spread news from Kiev to other parts of the country, where copycat protests have broken out in recent days.

Ukraine protests go viral on social media