About 1,000 protesters rally in downtown Kyiv

Source : 112 Ukraine

As of Wednesday noon, the situation in the government quarter is calm
11:04, 16 November 2016

Protesters near NBU November 16 2016
112 Agency

About a thousand people gathered near the National Bank’s building in the Ukrainian capital. The rallies against high social tariffs and tough dollar exchange rate have been going on since Tuesday morning. Many protesters also demand that Mykhailivsky bank return their deposits back. Currently, the situation in the downtown Kyiv remains calm; no violations of public order are reported, 112 Ukraine TV channel says.  

Today’s public actions kicked off at about 10 a.m. Most of the protesters who gathered near the National Bank are the retirees carrying national flags. The crowd chants slogans and demands a meeting with Valeriya Gontareva, the Head of the National Bank of Ukraine.

Some 2,000 law enforcers guard the buildings of the National Bank and the Parliament; 10 police buses were spotted across the government quarter. Bankova and Instytutska streets are shut off by the police and the National Guard. People are searched upon entering the roped-off area.

The peaceful protests in Kyiv started yesterday, November 15, and are supposed to last until November. The increased security measures in the city will be in place until November 22.   

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