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Three people arrested during rallies at Verkhovna Rada
12:35, 23 October 2017
Three people arrested during rallies at Verkhovna Rada

Three criminal proceedings were opened, - two under the article "threat or violence against the law enforcement officer" and one under "illegal weapon handling"

12:35, 23 October 2017

Facebook Oleksandr Rudomanov

During the protests under the building of the Verkhovna Rada, six people were injured. Three people were detained on suspicion of criminal offenses. This was stated by the metropolitan police press secretary Oksana Blyshchyk, Ukrainian Truth reports.

"Among the detainees - a man arrested on the first day under the article 208 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, another man who went to the action with a gun and a rifle and the one detained yesterday for beating a policeman," Blyshchyk said.

According to her, six people were injured as a result of rallies, which began on October 17.

"The victims are an activists with a head injury received on the first day, two protesters who were helped on the spot - they suffered from tear gas, one national guard officer who is now in the hospital, then another special forces officer. And now there’s another policemen" the press secretary specified.

Related: Poroshenko calls to conduct rally peacefully

She noted that three criminal proceedings were opened in connection with the violations during the rallies: two under article 345 (Threat or violence against a law enforcement officer) and one under article 263 (illegal handling of weapons, ammunition or explosives).

"Yesterday's event have not yet been given a qualification, but there, apparently, will also be article 345," Blischik summed up.

As it was reported earlier allies of Mikheil Saakashvili, former Odesa region governor and the leader of the Movement of New Forces political party, are rallying near Ukrainian parliament. A number of other political parties are rallying too.

The organizers demand to deprive Ukrainian lawmakers of parliamentary immunity, to change election law creating open party lists, and to create anti-corruption court.

Related: Police head says they prevented bloody scenario of Verkhovna Rada rally

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