Kharkiv people protest against Zhukov Avenue naming, work of coke plant

Source : 112 Ukraine

The handle was removed from the door of the City Council before the session so that no one could enter the City Hall from the outside
13:26, 24 February 2021

Protests in Kharkiv against Zhukov Avenue naming
Suspilne Kharkiv

On Wednesday, February 24, several rallies against the work of a coke plant and renaming of Hryhorenko Avenue to Zhukov Avenue and road construction are taking place near the Kharkiv City Council. This was reported by the correspondent of Suspilne.

Protesters opposing the operation of the coke plant hold banners demanding the shutdown of the plant. Residents claim that "coke plant" pollutes the city, which affects people's health.

It is noted that at today's session of the City Council deputies plan to consider suspension of activity of the Kharkiv Novomet coke plant.

Businessmen of Barabashovo market also rally near the building. They chant "Hands off Baraban."

Businessmen of Barabashovo market rally in Kharkiv
Suspilne Kharkiv

People also protests against the renaming of Hryhorenko Avenue to Marshal Zhukov.

As a sign of protest, the demonstrators are holding a poster with the image of Ihor Terekhov in the cap of the Soviet marshal.

Protests against Zhukov Avenue naming in Kharkiv
Suspilne Kharkiv

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Anton Drobovych, director of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory, said that the avenue in Kharkiv cannot be named after the Soviet Marshal Georgy Zhukov, since it falls under the law on decommunization. It was noted that the reason for the lawsuit was the Institute of National Remembrance reaction to the attempts to rename Petro Hryhorenko Avenue to Marshal Georgy Zhukov, the erection of a monument to the Soviet military leader, as well as a memorial plaque to the honorary citizen of Kharkiv, KGB General Yuriy Shramko.

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