The following statement belongs to the National Bodyguards (Natsionalni Druzhyny), the far-right movement. The group provided its comment on the events at Zhmerynka city council's building.
"Today, in Zhmerynka of Vinnystia region, titushky (government-hired thugs, - 112 International) used the cover of the police and attacked the citizens who came to the session of the city council. Over ten people suffered; another one had his skull fractured.
It started as the council was going to consider removing Yuriy Svitlak, acting mayor and the city council's secretary from his office. Local residents wanted to join the session to express their stance in this regard. Specifically, they had questions for the mayor in terms of the criminal case against him. He is charged with bribery in the amount of roughly 1,000 U.S. dollars; the locals also stood against doubtful expenses of the local budget and corruption-based business of Svitlak's family.
Acting mayor of Zhmerynka Yuriy Svitlak is famous for criminal methods of doing business in the city; he regularly startles the locals, using the aid of the hired titushki. Recently, Svitlak's titushki took down the tent of a local NGO, which was conducting a social survey about corruption in the city. The mercenaries beat up the girls inside the tent and broke the equipment.
The incident became a point of no return in terms of corruption deals by Svitlak and the despotism of his sidekicks in the town. The locals took it to a street. They feared for their security, and so they turned to National Bodyguards for protection.
The city mayor had no desire to communicate with the people. He welcomed the community with a cordon of titushki who used the protection of the fully equipped police. Titushki attacked the rally members, supported by the police. Activists of the National Bodyguards were dragged into the building, brutally hit with chairs and batons. Those detained by the police were cuffed and beaten up further, as they lay on the ground", reads the statement.
National Bodyguards mark that the bandit-like actions of Svitlak pose criminal offence and disrespect for the local community in the worst tradition of the Party of Regions. The group demands that Svitlak leave the office and be brought to criminal responsibility.