09:52 03.03.2018

Fifty people detained following clashes in Kyiv, 6 protesters and 4 police officers hurt

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Fifty people detained following clashes in Kyiv, 6 protesters and 4 police officers hurt

The Ukrainian police has cleared up the tent city in Kyiv near the Verkhovna Rada from protesters, detaining fifty people.

"Fifty people have been taken to police stations," Andriy Kryschenko, the head of the Main Directorate of the National Police in Kyiv, said on 112. Ukraine TV channel.

Six protesters sought medical assistance and four police officers were hurt, he said.

According to Kryschenko, the investigative actions in the tent city are being conducted in connection with the investigation into the February 27 events, when 15 police officers were hurt.

The police are currently on the territory of the tent city, an Interfax-Ukraine correspondent reported.

"An inspection [of the tent city] is now taking place. Several objects that visually look like grenades, 'cocktails,' bottles, [...] sticks - everything to inflict bodily injuries with - have been seized," he said.

A criminal case was opened based on Article 345 of the Criminal Code following the February 27 events, he said.

"Law enforcement officers are conducting searches based on a court ruling, searches have already been conducted. But the utilities workers will be working, too," Kryschenko said.

Yehor Sobolev, a member of the Samopomich faction and a coordinator of the event, has confirmed to Interfax-Ukraine that there are no protesters left in the tent city near the Verkhovna Rada and that the National Guard troops are folding the tents following operative and investigative actions.

"The storming began around 7:00 a.m. The entire territory is now encircled by the National Guard, and National Guard troops are being made to disassemble the tents after the investigative and operative works finish their work there, which are looking for something or are planting something," Sobolev told Interfax-Ukraine.

No one is allowed on the adjacent streets and several quarters are blocked.

The parliamentarian said 40-50 protesters have been detained. "Several people are hospitalized, two with head injuries, as the doctors who took them said," Sobolev said.

Protesters who demanded the adoption of a law on anti-corruption court and police officers clashed near the Verkhovna Rada in the morning of February 27. The protesters threw smoke-puff charges and other objects in the direction of the police and tried to set car tires on fire.

The Kyiv police said on its website that two police officers had been hurt and nine people had been detained. The Ukrainian interior minister's adviser Zorian Shkiriak, for his part, said ten police officers had been hurt, and Yaroslav Trakalo, a spokesman for the Ukrainian National Police, said 11 police officers had been hurt.

Representatives of various political forces and public organizations came to the Verkhovna Rada building in Kyiv on October 17, 2017 to demand the abolition of parliamentary immunity, the creation of an anti-corruption court and the introduction of a proportionate electoral system using open lists. The protesters said the rally was a timeless one and put tents.

On November 19, most public organizations said they intended to continue the protest using "different methods" and left the tent city. At the same time, Mikheil Saakashvili's New Forces Movement party decided to continue the protest near the Verkhovna Rada, and supporters of Samopomich deputies Yehor Sobolev and Semen Semenchenko also decided to stay in the tents.

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