Hundreds of people gathered today near the newspaper arch in Poltava center at Sobornosti Street, to hold yet another protest action.
It is informed that there was a brawl between action participants and "security". Somebody used gas in the crowd. Witnesses are now reporting that they heard explosion and gunfire.
Gas was launched by "titushky" (mercenary agents). But people kept them off. Activists are trying to break the bunker in the arch. Those inside continue to pour some liquid on protesters, which is similar to fuel.
It was also reported that ATO veteran Oleksandr Koba was injured. According to the deputy head of regional council, Koba has knife wounds.
Earlier local business representatives of "Stepanenko" company were repeatedly trying to arrange place for entrepreneurship activity in the arch, but community and political forces were against it. Lastly they demolished the whole construction forcefully and brought metal gates to Poltava city council, according to VPoltave.info.
Pretenders to earn money from this place ordered to seal the whole arch from both sides afterwards.
Today’s action of protest was peaceful at first, then it turned into radical actions, people started smashing the construction shouting "Shame!".