Odessa Police showed its worst side, dispersed Euromaidan people

Andrey Pavlenko

Andrei Pavlenko, social activist, said at a briefing about what happened on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at the building of the regional Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine on the Jewish street.

On Saturday, November 22, the event was held in honor of the anniversary of Euromaidan. The activists wanted to put up a tent of Euromaidan to show that those who broke up Euromaidan, continue to work in Police, despite the declared lustration.

About the event was announced in advance, the Police knew about it. All was peaceful, without balaclavas, or something else. The second issue raised in the action – a protest against the construction of parking on the beach Langeron and incomprehensible reconstruction of Health Track.

Under Department of Internal Affairs situation developed unexpectedly for community members. There has been a forceful dispersal, as in the days of Yanukovych. People were beaten, they ran away, fell to the ground, was destroyed tent. According to Andrei Pavlenko, the protesters had suffered moral and material damage in the form of destroyed tent.

The reasoning of the Police dispersal was the same as that under Yanukovych: putting up tents is illegal. But it is precisely such actions in the past year that provoked Maidan. Despite the fact that the protest was peaceful, and therefore absolutely legitimate.

Odessa activists surprised the reaction of interior minister Avakov, who called them pro-Russian elements that are rocking the situation in Odessa. But according to Andrei Pavlenko, they are simply defending their rights. Activists say that more cannot be tolerated, and the authorities came to the border of what is permitted. Hiding behind the fact that in the country’s war under the guise of it, we can deprive Odessa, may be that we will have nothing to protect.

Parking on Langeron built without documents. In addition, it should not be there due to environmental concerns. Trees with their root systems hold the soil, prevent landslides. What is the point in this parking, if a couple of years it will slide into the sea?

Activists say that the action under Department of Internal Affairs was a gift of the new government. They could go out to the protesters, calmly discuss the issues raised. Show everyone that the country has changed, changed the power and the Police. But they did not take advantage of this gift and thoughtlessly all dispersed, showing that public activists as treated with disdain, and continue to be treated.

Andrei Pavlenko said that the activists are aware of the patriotic sentiments of head of regional state administration and Department of Internal Affairs Ivan Katerynchuk. But it does not give the Police the right to deal in such way with peaceful protesters. Especially to call patriots of Ukraine pro-Russian agents.

Odessa community will continue to defend the slopes of the sea from the building. The following actions will take place on the Health Track on Saturday, November 29, at 12-00.

As for the Police, it is known that soon will begin their work the Lustration Commission in OdessaDepartment of Internal Affairs, which every 10 days will report on the work done.