Protesters’ Tents Back on Maidan After Clashes Between Far-Right and Police

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Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

21st February, 2016


Rallies in honor of the second anniversary of the events on Maidan took place in downtown Kiev since the morning, and in the evening escalated into clashes between men in camouflage uniforms and police officers, reports the local TV channel “112 Ukraine” with reference to its own correspondent at the scene.

“The people in camouflage who were near the “Kozatskiy”  hotel previously announced that they will carry the tents to Maidan, and that they will be there all night, and it will happen today. We saw how they started to carry tents. But then a cordon was made by militiamen. There were many people. Several hundred. They began to replace law enforcement, they created another cordon between police officers and people who went to the Maidan and were pushed aside,” – said the journalist.

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According to him, the guards left, and the situation on Maidan calmed down. Whether they were affected or delayed as a result of clashes is not yet clear.

As was reported by UNIAN, after the clashes the protesters broke a large tent on the left side of the stele of Independence. The formation of tents was attended by about 20 people. Among the activists, people with car tires can be seen. People are warming themselves near the fires, made in dumpsters.

The reporter for “112 Ukraine” said that the tents were established by the representatives of the “Revolutionary right-wing forces” movement. At the same time TASS, with reference to TV channel News One, noted that there were clashes between the radicals of the “Right sector” and national guard personnel.

This weekend in Kiev the second anniversary of the so-called revolution of dignity and honor was celebrated, remembering those killed on independence square during clashes with police officers and the shooting of protesters. On 20th February 2014, four police officers and 48 protesters were killed. According to eyewitnesses, the protesters were shot by snipers lurking on rooftops in the center of Kiev. It was after the events of February the former President Viktor Yanukovych left Ukraine.

Earlier on Saturday, protesters staged riots in the offices associated with Russian banks, and the office of the oligarch Rinat Akhmetov, whose interests are concentrated in the Donetsk region. The nationalist battalion OUN (Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists) took part in the attack, which previously included the “Right Sector”.

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