Entrepreneurs protest near Ukraine’s government, demand to terminate lockdown

Source : 112 Ukraine

The police officers of Kyiv and employees of the National Guard stay at the site
14:36, 29 April 2020

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Near the Cabinet of Minister in Kyiv, the protest of entrepreneurs takes place. They demand to end the lockdown on May 1 as 112 Ukraine TV channel correspondent reported.

The protest has started in the morning; the people came in cars, blocking the passage through Hryshevsky Street. The businessmen say that they agree to stick to the norms of the quarantine: the workers will wear masks; they will put antiseptics and will establish the distance between people. There a few dozens of cars with banners ‘Is quarantine for everyone or it is selective?’, ’Is quarantine is the same for everyone?’, and ‘One day of your care – we will not exist’.

“We want to work. Now all entrepreneurs stay at home in quarantine for 1.5 months and nothing takes place. We see how big business works. We see that the laws are equal for cronies. Consequently, we came here to claim our rights for work. We want to lift the quarantine with restrictions. We are ready to observe all demands, secure our workers and us from the possibility of infection. But we do not have money now; nobody provides credits,” the businessman said.

Related: Ukraine’s Health Ministry does not expect Covid-19 peak after lockdown ends

Currently, the protesters horn from the cars with the demand to see the representatives of the government.

During the protest near the Cabinet of Ministers, the tow trucks arrived and the clash took place between the protesters and police. Later, the protesters released one traffic lane to prevent the towing of their cars.

The cordon of police stays before the Cabinet of Minister and a few buses with law enforcers and five-six police cars are situated in front of the building in Mariinsky Park. The road to downtown is blocked; all entrances blocked by police.

Related: Different stages of lockdown exit can begin simultaneously, - Ukraine's PM

The Interior Ministry noted on Telegram that police enhanced security measures.

“To prevent the violations of the public order, the workers of Kyiv police and employees of the National Guard stay in the site. Today, near the Cabinet of Minister of Ukraine, a group of initiative citizens gathered for a protest. Due to this fact, the police enhanced the security measures in downtown,” the message said.

The law enforcers urge the organizers and partakers of the protest to observe the norms of the acting legislation and quarantine measures and do not violate the public order.

Related: Activity of 277,000 enterprises forbidden during lockdown in Ukraine

As we reported, the Cabinet of Ministers published a plan for releasing Ukraine from the lockdown, which the government previously extended until May 11. The plan consists of five stages.


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