Interior Ministry hopes opposition's rallies on Independence Day not to cross state events

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Aug. 23, 2011, 10:35 a.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

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The Interior Ministry of Ukraine has stated it hopes that the political forces that are planning to hold rallies on the Independence Day of Ukraine in Kyiv will not disturb public order. "We hope for cooperation and understanding from the political forces, and that there will be no conflicts and violations of public order," the head of the main headquarters of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine, Anatoliy Lazarev, said during a press conference in Kyiv on Aug. 22.

According to him, as of Aug. 22, Kyiv City State Administration had received 18 applications for holding various unofficial events and rallies on Kyiv on Aug. 24.

Lazarev stressed that times and places of some of these events coincide with those of state events.

He also expressed hope that a court would issues a ruling restricting all events apart from state ones, and that political forces would agree to cooperate and decide not to hold their events at the same time and at the same place as state events are to be held.

Lazarev said 500 Berkut detachment officers from other regions of the country would be involved in maintaining public order along with the main department of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine in Kyiv on Wednesday.

Berkut officers will work in reserve regime and will respond to any emergencies.

Ukraine will mark its 20th Independence Day on Aug. 24.
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Anonymous Aug. 23, 2011, 1:02 p.m.    

A true democratic nation does not hesitate to let its citizens to protest peacefully without police interference. Freedom to protest peaceful is a right and should be respected by the government. A government that reacts by fear is a government to be fear in any society. Tyrants have come into power by depriving its citizens of their individual rights but as we have seen lately, tyrants can be brought down by its citizens. Yanuk would be wise to look at the events unfolding in the middle east. Many of these tyrants also thought that people would not react but they were mistaken. Now many are facing the courts system of their countries or international courts for their crimes. One day Yanuk and his Party of Rats will face such judgement for the violations of human rights and complete abuse of power.

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Anonymous Aug. 23, 2011, 8:07 p.m.    

Party of Rats, very discriptive!

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