12:26 23.07.2013

Vradiivka protest organizer sentenced to ten days of administrative arrest, goes on hunger strike

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Shevchenkivsky District Court in Kyiv has sentenced the organizer of the Vradiivka march, Vasyl Liubarets, to ten days of administrative arrest, his colleagues have told Interfax-Ukraine.

They said that such a ruling was issued in view of the decision of the District Administrative Court of Kyiv, which banned the holding of a rally on Independence Square, but this decision did not specify the name of Liubarets and the name of his social organization.

The Spilna Sprava (Common Cause) social movement also confirmed this report.

"Shevchenkivsky District Court of Kyiv sentenced the initiator of the Vradiivka march, Vasyl Liubarets, to ten days of arrest for breaking the rules of peaceful assembly. Such a decision was announced by Judge Anzor Saadulayev. In response, Liubarets went on a hunger strike," the movement's press service reported.

The statement notes that a few hours earlier, Shevchenkivsky District Court Judge Natalia Volokitina dismissed the same charges against Liubarets, finding no crime in his actions.

"The police filed two protocols against the activist on charges of violating the rules of peaceful assembly, but on different days, on July 19 and 20," the movement said.