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Monday, February 19, 2018

Odessa city hall stormed: radicals disrupted a city Council session

Riots triggered by the death during a fire on 15 September in the Kiev district of Odessa 8-year-old Sophia Mazur, 9-year-old Anastasia Kulinich and 12-year-old Snjezana Armenti, continued today at the Duma square. Despite the considerable number of employees of the national police and the national guard (to help the inhabitants of Odessa arrived several buses with colleagues from Kherson), the protesters were able to achieve suspension of the regular session of the city Council, and some of them even broke into city hall.

In the hero-city on the Black sea, as evidenced by social media users, after the tragedy in the municipal camp of the Victoria daily came as Pro-Russian supporters of the mayor Gennady Trukhanov and his foe Mikheil Saakashvili. And those and others – a athletic build, long unshaven. “Southern Palmira” newcomers, at best, know for short-term travelers. Nevertheless, they were determined to “enlighten” the million city residents who disagree with their political views.

Yesterday, the police transferred to the strengthened option of service in connection with Wednesday’s session of the Odessa city Council. And today, exactly 7 hours and 40 minutes, officers were notified about the alleged impending attempts to carry to the mayor of explosive items.

The building on the Boulevard immediately dispatched police and national guard, ahead of time in order to cover all the approaches to the main and emergency exits. Inhabitants of Odessa asked for “understanding” to refer to “enhanced measures for the passage of persons in the building of the city Council.”

The greatest potential danger to the mayor and his entourage – the activists of the local units are prohibited on the territory of the Russian Federation extremist “Right sector”. Last week they tried to break down the door to city hall and to “manage” the building. The mayor of Odessa Gennady Trukhanov was suspended from his duties as Vice-mayor for humanitarian Affairs Zinaida, Tsvirinko and two chiefs of city departments responsible for fire safety in Victoria. It was assumed that discussion in today’s session of the municipal formation will make the issue of creation of a special working group to conduct an internal investigation.

Alas, the deputies were able to safely work an hour. When the noise on Dumskaya square and Pushkinskaya street exceeds allowable limits, the mayor Gennady Trukhanov declared a break “to socialize with people.” As it turned out, by “people” meant not representatives of the nationalists, and several deputies of the Verkhovna Rada.

Meanwhile, activists of the Ukrainian organizations showed the public “creative”: together “starring”, they surrounded the building of the regional Prosecutor’s office and forced her head Sergey Zhuchenko to go with them to city hall.

At the insistence of the Prosecutor of the region, national guardsmen, police officers and soldiers municipal guards let in the city hall half a dozen activists and a group of journalists. The mayor of the city by this time left the building, therefore the “rebels” began to make “selfie” in the background remained on the 1st floor of the city Council samples of Soviet symbols.

The meeting at the Duma at this moment is in full swing. Supporters of Mikhail Saakashvili , which is now “on tour” in Zaporizhia and Dnipropetrovsk regions, suggest activists in any case not to leave the city hall building. Like, give up the slack – immediately begin mass repression.

Among the “particularly violent”, as always, is a former cheerleader banned in Russia “Right sector” Sergey Sternenko, leader of Odessa organization of National Rukh of Ukraine Sergey gutsalyuk, as well as several members fought in the Donbas volunteer battalion “Azov”.

The police says it had taken measures helped to avoid much more serious consequences and injury to citizens. The detention of the activists, if it happens, then only for the “prophylactic conversations”, after which the hooligans were released to the world.


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