Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov estimated the situation near the Verkhovna Rada and shared his prognosis at the exclusive comment to 112 Ukraine.
‘The right of the citizens to the protest, the right of the citizens to the rally is the right that vested by the Constitution so it is possible. It is not vested by the Constitution and it is not possible to use the violent actions and enforce the will of a few people to other. I think that we will be temperate and confident enough to block these conflicts and then provide people with a possibility to understand who is who: somebody is standing for some values; somebody is standing to carve a political career. Those people who are in the majority near the Verkhovna Rada are not held in respect by me and I say this as the politician but as the functionary and I will provide everything to secure this small part of the Ukrainian territory’, Avakov said.
He emphasized that everyone who assaults the police officers or the protesters will be punished.
‘Anyone who assault the people and anyone who assault the police officer will feel the power of the law. Everyone who hit the police officer will be detained, arrested and I hope that we will find the place for such people through the court. This is my estimation of the situation’, he claimed.
‘Talking about the dynamics of the development of this situation, I will say that we should be temperate and it will pass’, Avakov added.
The demands of the protesters are to adopt the laws on the removal of the MP immunity, on the anti-corruption court and new election rules.
The participants of the protest set the tent camp at the traffic way of Hryshevsky Street and expressed the intention to stay there until the fulfillment of their demands.
Earlier it was reported that five people suffered near the Verkhovna Rada on the first day of the protest. Later, the video of the beating of staff sergeant of the police and soldier of the Donbas Conflict Igor Yatsenko was published on the internet.