14:06 20.10.2017

Situation near Rada calm, Hrushevskoho Street still closed to traffic

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Situation near Rada calm, Hrushevskoho Street still closed to traffic

The National Police's office in Kyiv has called on participants in a rally outside the building of the Verkhovna Rada in the city center to free the roadway of Hrushevskoho Street, where protesters put up some tents.

An Interfax-Ukraine reporter said that such announcements had been made through a loudspeaker on Friday morning. The protesters were also reminded of administrative and criminal responsibility for violating public order and hindering the work of a state institution.

The head of the National Police's main office in Kyiv, Andriy Kryschenko, said live on the 112 Ukraine television channel that Hrushevskoho Street was currently closed, whereas other streets had been opened to traffic.

"There are patrols that check the cars if necessary," he added.

Kryschenko also voiced the demands of the police: "We are not asking, but are demanding that Hrushevskoho Street be freed... We believe that we will be able to persuade [protesters] to voluntarily free [the roadway] for free travel, for the convenience of residents of Kyiv, and to move to the Mariyinsky Park. We are holding talks."

As of Friday morning the situation in the tent camp of participants in a rally "For Big Political Reform" was quiet. The building of the Verkhovna Rada is still surrounded by several lines of representatives of the National Guard and the National Police, and the street is closed.

Independent lawmaker Viktor Chumak told journalists that the tents near the Verkhovna Rada did not prevent MPs from working.

When asked if it is possible that the police might dismantle the tent camp in a period when the Verkhovna Rada will not work in plenary mode, Chumak said: "It would be stupid on the part of the authorities and the police."

He also recalled that MPs had two more bills concerning election codes and that they should be put to the vote in the session hall.

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