Police head says they prevented bloody scenario of Verkhovna Rada rally

Source : 112 Ukraine

Law enforcers seized a large number of weapons, balaclavas, explosives and staples
11:44, 18 October 2017

Press service of the National Police

Law enforcers prevented attempts to "aggravate the situation" and spill blood at the end of the rally near Verkhovna Rada on Tuesday. This was stated by Ukraine’s National Police head Serhiy Knyazev at the briefing on air of 112.UA.

"The police actions were legal and adequate, but some hotheads acted inadequately, which led to bodily injuries to police officers who are now in medical institutions," Knyazev said.

Also during the briefing, Sergei Knyazev confirmed cases of robbery by the participants in the action of property belonging to the National Guard of Ukraine.

"We are certain that some radical forces tried to provoke the situation and finish the event with blood. Over the past day, we reported that we had seized a large number of explosives, grenades, automatic weapons, smoke bombs, balaclavas, sharp objects. Why did people buy those things? In order to express their political views?" Knyazev said.

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Barriers and metal detectors at the rally, according to him, were set by the police only to ensure safety of citizens as no one forgot August 31, 2015, when the grenade blast took the lives of people.

At the end of the day, only two cases of beating of law enforcement officers were recorded. They are currently in hospital, with bodily injuries of medium gravity.

As it was reported earlier Knyazev said that law enforcers will operate in Kyiv within the legal framework and will not take any radical action to disperse the tent camp.

"The legality of placing tents is considered primarily by the city administration, and we will try to find mutual understanding with the organizers of the tent camp.

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko commented on the rally near the Verkhovna Rada saying he treated rallies with understanding and respected their participants. Poroshenko added that ensuring order is an important task for law enforcers and organizers of protests.

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