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Tuesday, 30 May, 2000, 19:02 GMT 20:02 UK
Anti-Russian riots after Ukrainian's death

Several thousand Ukrainians in the western city of Lviv are reported to have taken part in protests against Russian-speaking residents and businesses.

The trouble began after the death on Sunday of a local folk music composer, Ihor Bilozir.

He was injured three weeks ago during a brawl between ethnic Ukrainians and Russian-speakers at a cafe where Mr Bilozir was performing.

Correspondents in Lviv say riot police were called in today Tuesday after protesters threatened shops and coffee houses playing Russian music or displaying Russian language material. The disturbances began as preparations were taking place for Mr Bilozir's funeral. Ukrainian television described the situation in Lviv as very worrying.

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