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Protests in Poltava: Three people injured, eight arrested
09:27, 6 April 2017
Protests in Poltava: Three people injured, eight arrested

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09:27, 6 April 2017

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Three people were injured, eight - were arrested in Poltava as a result of clashes. This was reported by the Head of Public Relations Department of the Internal Ministry in Poltava region Yuriy Sulaev.

“50 people gathered to protest near the arch in Poltava center at Sobornosti Street at 19:00, and later the number of protesters grew to about 300 people. The meeting started peacefully. People stood with posters and expressed discontent verbally. At one point a brawl suddenly started between the representatives of the private security company and the protesters. As a result of the clash, three people were injured. One person was stabbed, another one got injured in the head (probably with a wooden stick) and traumatized a patrol policeman (blows in the face, probably a fracture of nose). All three were delivered to local hospitals by ambulances. Doctors determine the severity of injuries,” Sulaev reported.

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“In order to prevent the conflict escalation, police officers interfered in the situation. They have divided the conflicting parties and continue to control the situation. Negotiations were held with the parties to the conflict in order to stop radical actions that threaten the life and health of the surrounding citizens. At the moment there is no active confrontation,” Sulaev added.

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Police arrested eight most active people from both sides. These people are being identified, as well as the circumstances of the situation.  Investigation and operational group continues to work at the site.

Earlier it was reported that Poltava residents are protesting against building development, there are injured.

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.

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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.

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