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Gennady Kernes: the Torchlight procession should stop on the spot

The mayor of Kharkiv explained why torchlight procession Bandera is necessary to stop on the spot

October 16, 2014, 08:58

Text: Ghoul Aitmatova

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“When the city Council considers the application, indicates who is responsible, and the number of participants, and when the riots start, when it turns into attacks, around the broken glass – extreme will not find” – said the newspaper VIEW, the mayor of Kharkiv Gennady Kernes, commenting on the past on the eve torchlight procession of the “Right sector”.

According to the newspaper view, on the eve in Kiev and other major cities of Ukraine activists of the “Right sector*” had their torchlight processions in honor of the anniversary of the Ukrainian insurgent army (UPA*). In Kharkov, also took to the streets several thousand fans of Stepan Bandera – the representatives of “Right sector”, “Shanovo corps” and regiment “Azov”.

Bandera procession ended at the hotel “national”, where does the mayor of Kharkiv Gennady Kernes. However, reached him not more than a hundred people, although on the eve of the city rumors about the intention of the participants to defeat the hotel.

“To destroy “national,” we will not, because today we have four holiday. But he is prepared, let all the “dyed Fox” are preparing for the fact that Kharkiv will come and say: “Down with!” Here, I think there are those who will give it to them. Say Hello to all regionals!” – quotes RIA “news of Ukraine” Valentin Bystrichenko, activist of the euromaidan, the organizer of the action. After offensive or obscene slogans in the address of the mayor, the protestors dispersed.

We will remind, in February-March during similar marches nationalists have tried to demolish the monument to Lenin, but then a crowd of townspeople had to protect him. In response then, Kernes has promised to those who will try to destroy the statue, “to tear off hands and feet”. In April Kernes barely survived it, while Jogging, he was shot by a sniper. Now he is recovering, and destroyed the monument also promises to restore. About who he suspects in the attempt on his life, in an interview with the newspaper LOOK told the mayor of Kharkiv Gennady Kernes.

OPINION: Gennady Adolfovich, the participants of the torchlight procession, among other things, chanted insults in your address, including obscene, and later threatened to destroy the hotel where you live. Does the city government allow such processions?

Gennady Kernes: we must Stop them on the spot. All supposedly good intentions, and the result is a mess. When considering a city Council bid to host an event, check point, and who is responsible, and the number of participants. And when the riots start, when it turns into attacks, around the broken glass – extreme will not find.

I believe all such activities should be controlled, not uncontrolled. They show or the impotence of law enforcement agencies, or collusion with law enforcement. Democratic marches these marches are irrelevant. All must answer for their actions.

OPINION: IN February, you promised “to break hands and feet” vandals. You managed to at least partly fulfill this threat, as something to punish the vandals?

G. K.: I promised, as they say, when I was on two legs and so on. Inevitable punishment they get when the law enforcement agencies involved in the lives of people, not shunned. If law enforcement agencies have worked well, would not have destroyed the monument, there would be discontent of the people. Now the police say that someone came and someone went. In this process, need responsibility, and they are incompetent.

OPINION: during what period you actually will be able to repair the monument?

G. K.: first, you have to understand who will produce. This is not easy, it was monumental sculpture. As soon as we decide this question, I can call a specific date. I deal with this issue. I will keep his word, that we will regain it – I’m sure of it.

OPINION: IN July, you just said that the suspect in the assassination of the chief of the interior Ministry Avakov. Since your suspicions have been reinforced or dispelled?

G. K.: I just always said that I was in hostile relations with Avakov that I can be sure that it Avakov, to a greater extent. At least indirect in his involvement.

OPINION: on Wednesday, Petro Poroshenko called the main merit of the new Minister of defense Stepan Poltorak, the fact that your area is not turned into self-proclaimed Republic. Would you agree with this thesis?

G. K.: I know Stepan Poltorak, he is even an honorary citizen of Kharkov. Think it is quite professional, competent military. As for what did not happen in Kharkiv, I think that it is the efforts of all branches of government.

VIEW: What, in your opinion, the likelihood that the peace process in the Donbass will continue?

G. K.: the peace process is the right way, and in this issue interested most common forces.

OPINION: You previously showed the press its new transport wheelchair with hand controls. As suggested, how much more time you have to move with it?

G. K.: In relation to my health unable to answer – thank you, I am not complaining. This is not a wheelchair a wheelchair is a modern Segway, on which I rode. This vehicle, and projectile for training, because it is controlled by the body.

* Organization, in respect of which the court accepted entered into legal force decision on liquidation or ban the activities on the grounds stipulated by the Federal law “On countering extremist activity”

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