Two rallies took place in Kyiv on Wednesday: supporters of blogger Anatoliy Shariy protest against attacks on reporters, and his opponents who stand next to the police cordon claim they are ready to render "psychiatric assistance" to those who stand with Shariy.
112 Ukraine TV channel's reporter said so telling the story from the scene in the downtown Ukrainian capital. The initial venue of both rallies was next to the building of the Presidential Office in the downtown capital.
About a thousand of Shariy's supporters demand to lift the pressure on the media, urging to stop attacks on journalists. Besides, they demand to investigate previous attacks on reporters. They are shouting: "Vova, come down!", obviously referring to President Volodymyr Zelensky. No one came out of the Office's building.
Among Shariy's opponents, there are representatives of the far-right organizations, such as National Corps and Demokratychna Sokyra (Democratic Axe, - 112 International). Some of them wear medical overalls and carry the cardboards with "Psychiatric assistance. Treating Schizoriy" (a word-play, deriving from "Shariy" and "schizophrenia", - 112 International).
The two opposing camps were divided by law enforcers. One of Shariy's opponents who wore the T-shirt with Azov regiment symbol on it infiltrated the lines of the blogger's supporters, but they pushed him back.
Some of the radical protesters pelted Shariy's supporters with eggs. The police increased the distance between the two camps. "It was not a thing nice to do, but no tough consequences", said Interior Ministry's spokesman Artem Shevchenko.
As none of the President's Office's staff approached Shariy's supporters, the column marched to the Interior Ministry's building. They demanded a meeting with Minister Arsen Avakov, and then, a scuffle with Shariy's opponents followed. The police interfered and ended the fight. Then, Shariy's supporters followed to the residence of Volodymyr Zelensky.