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Ukrainian police detain several dozen participants in Peace March in Kharkov

September 27, 2014, 15:15 UTC+3 KIEV
"The police have detained two dozen people, who did not observe the fact that anti-Ukrainian rally was banned", - said Interior Minister Arsen Avakov wrote on his page on Facebook
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KIEV, September 27. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine’s police have detained several dozen participants in the Peace March against the war actions in the country’s south-eastern regions, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov wrote on his page on Facebook on Saturday.

“The police have detained two dozen people, who did not observe the fact that anti-Ukrainian rally was banned. Among the detained was Kharkov’s communist and former MP Alla Alexandrovskaya.”

The rally is over now. The local branch of the Interior Ministry reports about hundred participants.

Shortly before the March, aide to the Interior Minister, Anton Gerashchenko, warned those who planned to join the Peace March: “You risk to spend time in custody. The police in Kharkov will be acting toughly, though in compliance with the law. We have all legal authorities for that.”

On Friday, Kharkov’s authorities rejected an application from communists for organisation of a Peace March: We Are Against War in central Kharkov due to “possible provocations.

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