The clashes took place at Sixth Appeal Administrative Court of Kyiv during the consideration of the case of Filaret against Orthodox Church of Ukraine. The police used the tear gas against the activists and priests who came to the court session as ZIK journalist Alla Zhyznevska reported.
The believers of Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate gathered near the court to be present at the court session on the liquidation of their parish.
“Despite the fact that the session was open, the law enforcers did not allow us to enter, they closed the door; when the religious tried to enter the building, I, by the way, was in the first rows, the law enforcers, as I understood, the National Guard, used the tear gas against people. I got the burns on my arms and right eye. Now, the ambulances and the law enforcers arrived. During the time we stay here, about an hour, nobody from the leadership came to us,” the correspondent said.
The doors and windows are broken in the courtroom.
“We came to this court, which is open, to participate in it and defend. But our representative of Kyiv Patriarchate was not allowed to enter the court. We wanted to enter; the provocation took place; people were beaten in the court building by the National Guard; people were poisoned by gas; some of them were detained. Now, they want to detain and arrest other people,’” Kyiv Patriarchate representative Oleksandr said.
Currently, the column went to the President’s Office to make somebody explain to people how to fight against arbitrariness.
“I was in the middle of the event, in the clash. I can say that it was hard. One of the priests suffered. He has terrible arc eye. He will be hospitalized and taken to the hospital,” Zhyznevska reported.
According to her, one priest, layperson, and blogger were detained. Meanwhile, a few cars and bused with the law enforcers came to the court.