Law enforcement officers did not let the journalists of the 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, ZiK, and Pershiy Nezalezhniy TV channels, illegally closed by the authorities to a protest under the building of the National Opera, where the Crimean Platform participants gathered today, on August 23, as the Pershiy Nezalezhniy channel's correspondent Andriy Lasch reported.
"Let's show what's going on around the impromptu press conference. So there is a police cordon, which did not let us through to Volodymyrska street, where the National Opera is located. There are supporters of our three, or rather four, television channels that were illegally closed by Zelensky, and we also see national guardsmen and policemen who do not allow people to see the National Opera," he said.
At the same time, Lasch drew the audience's attention to the fact that there is a metal fence behind the police. According to him, before the beginning of the action, people could still pass by it, but later it became impossible.
Now the police cordon is moving along with the protesters.
Thus, at the exits from the Kyiv metro, they began to check the documents of people proving their identity. The police claim that the inspections were scheduled and took place yesterday and will take place tomorrow in connection with the holding of mass events in the center of Kyiv.
As we reported earlier, on August 23, journalists of illegally closed opposition television channels announced a rally outside the National Opera, where participants of the Crimean Platform had gathered. The action was scheduled for 19:00.
The journalists planned to appeal to world leaders to help stop the assassination of freedom of speech in Ukraine, which is currently taking place under the leadership of President Volodymyr Zelensky and his team.
Journalists of the illegally closed 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, ZiK, and Pershiy Nezalezhniy TV channels, were to attend the rally, defending not only their right to broadcast, but also all illegally closed and sanctioned media sources. This is the TV channel Nash, Strana.ua, sharij.net and many others.