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Opposition ready to vacate Kiev City Hall after charges against activists dropped

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A protester in a balaclava and a flak jacket plays the piano in Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Ukraine, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. A Ukrainian opposition group says that all the protesters detained during nearly three months of opposition demonstrations have been released under an amnesty law. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky) (The Associated Press)

A top Ukrainian opposition leader says protesters are ready to vacate the Kiev City Hall that has been occupied by demonstrators for nearly three months — if the government drops all charges against the demonstrators.

This week, the last of the 234 protesters were released from jail as part of an amnesty. The amnesty law also calls for the opposition to vacate seized government buildings in Kiev and elsewhere in Ukraine.

Oleh Tyahnybok, head of the nationalist Svoboda party, said Saturday the opposition is ready to vacate the Kiev City Hall, used by protesters as a dormitory, if criminal cases against protesters are dropped.

The protests erupted in November after Yanukovych froze ties with the West and turned to Russia.