Interior Minister of Ukraine Arsen Avakov condemned the urge of Mayor of Ivano-Frankivsk Ruslan Martsynkiv to take Roma out of the city. He stated that the criminal proceeding was opened due to this fact as the Interior Ministry reported.
“Due to fact of the urge for forcible conveyance of persons in Ivano-Frankivsk, the National Police has opened the criminal proceeding due to the violation of the equality of the citizens depending on their race, national identity, religions views, disablement or other signs),” the minister said.
He noted that the statements of Ivano-Frankivsk Mayor are the violation of the rights of the citizens and contains the elements of xenophobia.
Avakov also underlined the inadmissibility of the division of the citizens of Ukraine on ethnic signs.
The minister underlined that Roma people are the same citizens of Ukraine as mayor and the law applied to everyone without discrimination.
On April 22, Mayor of Ivano-Frankivsk Ruslan Martsynkiv ordered to take Roma people to Zakarpattia region.