Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko commented on the rally near the Verkhovna Rada while at the meeting with Malta's President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, broadcasted by 112 Ukraine TV channel.
"I treat rallies with understanding and I respect their participants. In addition, it is very important for me and I demand from all law enforcement agencies, to ensure the peaceful character of the rallies. Under no circumstances should it be allowed that irresponsible politicians repeat the tragic events that have occurred before on August 31, which led to the death of 4 National Guard officers,” the president said.
Poroshenko added that ensuring order is an important task for law enforcers and organizers of protests.
As it was reported earlier in Kyiv under the walls of Verkhovna Rada there is a rally of allies of the former governor of Odesa region and now leader of Movement of New Forces party Mikheil Saakashvili and a number of other opposition politicians. The organizers and participants of the event demand that parliament cancels the parliamentary immunity, amend electoral legislation, making the party lists open, and also create an anti-corruption court.
Around about 3,500 of law enforcers protect order in the center of capital, the traffic movement is partially blocked. According to various estimates, several thousand people take part in the protests under the parliament building.