Protesters burn down old police vehicle in front of Ukrainian Parliament

Source : 112 Ukraine

The activists demand resignation of Interior Minister Arsen Avakov
13:43, 5 June 2020

Protest in Kyiv, June 2020
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Several Ukrainian cities, including Kyiv, Kharkiv and Lviv are hosting protest rallies, as people demand the resignation of Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.

In Kyiv, protesters brought an old police van to the square in front of the Parliament building. They lit flares and burned it down - as a symbol of the law enforcement system of Ukraine in the 1990s.

There are also politicians present at the rally in Kyiv; MPs from Holos and Servant of the People parties, who also support Avakov's resignation. Members of Svoboda, Right Sector movements and supporters of Mikheil Saakashvili are there, too.

Related: Police brutality case in Kyiv region: Three more people claim tortures applied by police in Kaharlyk

As the protests were in progress, a man tried to put himself on fire. He turned out to be a businessman from Nova Kakhovka; he said that the bandits and the police drove him out of his own house, which is why he decided to take it to the street.

Protesters claim that the police reform in Ukraine failed, and it is unacceptable that people get raped and tortured in police stations. 

Related: Man commits self-immolation during protest at Verkhovna Rada

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