Riot cops disperse protest camp near Verkhovna Rada





Date: Mar 3, 2018

Location: Kyiv, Ukraine

Riot cops dispersed the protest camp near Verkhovna Rada initiated by Russia – Ukraine war veterans and volunteers of  “Headquarters of the Trade Block with the occupiers” and “Vizvolenya” movement. As the result 2084 riot cops (among them 168 former Berkut policemen) succesfully attacked 112 protesters. Most of protesters are havily injured, arrested and released same day.

Just to remind the protest camp started to operate on October 17 2017.

The demands of the participants of the protest were addressed to the current government of Ukraine and in particular to the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, who promised his voters in 2014:

  1. To remove the oligarchs from power,

  2. To defeat corruption,

  3. Restore the rule of law,

  4. To return the occupied territories of Ukraine (Note: by that time it was the Crimea annexed by the direct military invasion in the south of Ukraine, which was recouped due to a direct military invasion of the territory of Donetsk and Lugansk regions in the east and southeast of Ukraine, in general 7% of the territory of Ukraine and as a result, almost full control of the southern coast of Ukraine in the Odessa, Mykolaiv and Kherson Oblasts with the Black Sea water area by Russian Federation),

  5. To improve social standards.

Demands were put forward to the President of Ukraine on October 17 with a five-day term for their execution.

  • Submit for consideration by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine a bill on the establishment of an independent anti-corruption court of Ukraine, capable of judging corrupt oligarchs, top politicians, ministers, deputies, judges and, if necessary, the President and all his environment.

  • Submit to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine a bill on the impeachment of the President of Ukraine.

As a result, President Poroshenko refused to comply with these requirements, several times ignoring them.

The camp of protesters was located in the center of the government quarter of Kyiv on Grushevskogo Street, next to the Verkhovna Rada and the Cabinet of Ministers, and the protesters are mostly veterans-soldiers and officers, participants of military operations who protected Ukraine from the Russian occupation in the east part of Ukraine.

Credits: The Insider Ukraine

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