Several hundred people marched from the Belarusian embassy to Independence Square, chanting "Long live Belarus." The participants of the rally honored the memory of the head of the public organization Belarusian House in Ukraine Vitaliy Shishov. In addition, leaflets in support of Belarusian political prisoners were collected during the rally.
When the marchers returned to Independence Square, a group of radical activists appeared. Representatives of a group of anarchists also came to the march. Seeing them, the radical activists claimed about a provocation and tried to tear up their poster. Clashes broke out between the parties, they also used pepper spray.
The representative of the Belarusian House Yevhen Horodnychuk said that it was "ugly" to resolve the issue in this way, but the parties talked and "understood everything."
The radical activists said they had agreed to use Ukrainian and white and red symbols before the march. Then the police explained that the rally should take place without symbols and political parties, so the poster of the anarchists was rolled up.
Earlier, the police found Shishov's hanged body in one of the Kyiv parks. The public organization Belarusian House in Ukraine claims that he was killed as part of a "special operation planned by the Chekists." The UN, the EU and the European Parliament have also called for an investigation into Vitaliy Shishov's death.