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KIEV | Police in riot gear ripped down a protest encampment in the center of Kiev on Monday, scuffling with supporters of jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

Tensions are growing as Mrs. Tymoshenko’s abuse-of-office trial draws to a close, and a verdict is expected later this month.

She was arrested in August on charges of contempt of court during a trial she has described as being politically motivated.

Mrs. Tymoshenko’s supporters have been holding protests at an encampment outside Kiev’s Pechersk court, where the trial is taking place.

Demonstrators erected five new tents across the street from the courthouse Monday, prompting police to take action.

Police moved in and tore down the tents, and detained several demonstrators who tried to resist. They would not comment on the operation.