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Scuffles with police take place in Odesa during rally in support of Ukrainian sailors (photo, video)

Source : 112 Ukraine

Two people were arrested
12:41, 15 January 2019

Police applies force during a rally in support of the Ukrainian sailors, Odesa, January 15, 2019
dumskaya

Police applied force to the participants of a rally in support of the detained Ukrainian sailors. The rally was held near the Russian Consulate General, as Dumskaya reported.

The protesters wanted to put red paint on the fence and gates of the establishment; the red paint symbolized blood. Yet, the law enforcers did not let the protesters do that. As a result, the paint appeared on the road and on the participants of the rally.

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Two people were arrested, including Todor Panovsky, a former member of “Samooborona” (Self-Defense) organization.

One of the organizers of the protest Vitaly Kozhukhar said that police’s reaction surprised him.

“The event had to be peaceful, this paint can be easily washed off. I don’t understand why they applied force,” he said.

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50 people from different patriotic organizations and several dozens of police officers took part in the rally.

Police have not commented on the incident.

Police apply force at a rally in support of detained Ukrainian sailors, January 15, 2019
dumskaya

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