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Klitschko says he has never thought of dispersing Maidan

June 01, 2014, 23:29 UTC+3 KIEV

He also spoke for the soonest stabilization of the situation in Ukraine’s southeastern regions

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KIEV, June 01 /ITAR-TASS/. Leader of the UDAR party Vitali Klitschko, who is winning the mayoral elections in Ukraine’s capital city Kiev, said on Sunday he had never thought it admissible to disperse protesters in the centre of the city.

“They were fighting for their future. Today, someone is saying the Maidan [the term was coined after Kiev’s central Independence Square, or Maidan Nezlaezhnosti, the venue of ongoing mass protests since November 2013] is to be dispersed. I have never thought it is a good idea - neither back then, nor today,” he told the Inter television channel.

He said that now that a new president had been elected in Ukraine, and a new mayor had been elected in Kiev, the city “is to gradually return to the normal life, setting an example for the entire Ukraine.” “We must ensure normal functioning of the city, its streets and mayor’s office. Kiev’s authorities must return to their building,” he said.

He also spoke for the soonest stabilization of the situation in Ukraine’s southeastern regions. “We will not be able to build our future without stabilization,” he stressed.

“I am sure that the next step is to be early election to the parliament. People should voice their opinion of the political forces,” he said, adding that the current parliament’s unprofessionalism “killed people’s confidence to the parliament.”

Earlier on Sunday, KLitschko took part in a rally Kiev’s Independence Square. “Maidan has done what it was to do - the dictator has been ousted and the country has held democratic elections of the president,” Klitschko said, addressing several thousands of activists who gathered in the square.

Activists who took the floor after Klitscko called on those present not to leave the square. “We have been here to change the system of power. But we see no changes so far. Maidan must stand firm until the goal is achieved,” they said.

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