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Protest against construction in Odesa turn into clashes with police
14:32, 18 November 2017
Protest against construction in Odesa turn into clashes with police

The police used tear gas and batons to disperse the protesters

14:32, 18 November 2017

A protest against constructing a building in downtown Odesa turned into serious clashes with the police, Dumskaya reports.

The protesters entered the construction site almost immediately, bringing down the gates. The police used tear gas, batons and firecrackers to stop them and disperse the protest. The protesters were throwing cobblestones and lighting flares.

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Head of the Odesa police tried to calm the protesters, but he was pushed. The witnesses say he received a head injury. The protesters and police are still fighting.

The Head of the real estate developer tried to explain his view to the journalists and convince the protesters to leave the territory before the clashes started. He said there will be no tall building there, just a venue for events. He also said the trees wouldn’t be cut down, although the territory is private property. The protesters, however, weren’t assured.

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