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Far right clashes with police in Kyiv: Criminal case on police abuse opened

Far right attackers complain about injuries, journalist accuse security officials of damage of equipment
21:39, 9 February 2019

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Ukraine's State Investigation Bureau (SIB) opened criminal proceedings after numerous accusations against the police in beating far right near the office in Kyiv. This was reported by the press secretary of the Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko Larysa Sargan on Facebook.

"The Department of Organization and Procedural Management of the Pre-Trial Investigation of Criminal Offenses have filed information on the criminal offense committed by law enforcement officers under Article 365 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (Abuse of power or official authority). An investigative group was formed, "said Sargan.

Investigative actions are underway.

“Near the Podil police department in Kyiv, police officers, exceeding their official powers, injured protesters,” added Sargan.

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The law enforcement officers saw a group of people with covered faces and chevrons of far-right C14 organization, included in the American terrorist base, on Kontraktova Square, Kyiv downtown, where the meeting of president's candidate Yulia Tymoshenko was taking place. They brought rubber-bullet handguns, Teren 4 pepper spray (carrying of which requires special permission), and knives. The police detained them and took them to the police station. 

Soon the detainees were released, but the other far-right (not only C14 members) came to storm the police station and fought with law enforcement officers.

As a result of the brawl, three police officers hospitalized with injuries.

C14, the Ukrainian far-right organization, is regularly involved in numerous attacks against civilians, students, journalists, lawyers, social activists, foreigners, minorities, LGBT activists, they often conduct hate crimes and often go unpunished. The organization's leader Yevhen Karas acknowledged the cooperation of Ukraine's Security Service.

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