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Police arrest, then release 53 protesters against Hasidic pilgrimage to Uman

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Sept. 26, 2011, 2:29 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Riot police detain activists of Ukraine's nationalist party Svoboda (Liberty) during a rally of protest against pilgrimage of Hassidic Jews in the town of Uman, 200 kilometers (125 miles) south of Ukraine's capital Kiev, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011.
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The police arrested and later released 53 participants of a court-banned rally "Uman without Hasidim" by Ukrainian nationalists in Uman, Cherkasy region. Representatives of the Svoboda All-Ukrainian Union hung banners and chanted slogans against Hasidic pilgrims who arrived in Uman to visit the grave of their spiritual leader, the Public Relations Department of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry reported on Monday.

"The organizers of the event, knowing that the rally was forbidden, did not take care of the safety of minors and provoked a conflict with police officers. After the rally the column went on the roadway creating a traffic hazard. They did not respond to repeated requests by the police to stop, and were shouting the slogan 'Uman without Hasidim'," the statement reads.

Law enforcers detained the protesters and seized three smoke grenades, five aerosol spray cans, slingshots, metal rods, knives, scissors, and ropes from the detainees, the police reported.

The police encircled representatives of the Svoboda All-Ukrainian Union, who gathered near the monuments to Ukraine's folk heroes Honta and Zalizniak on Sunday to stage a court-banned rally demanding stricter controls on Hasidic pilgrims coming to Uman.

Deputy Head of the union Andriy Ilienko and members of Svoboda factions in Uman City Council, and in Cherkasy Regional Council told the police that they were holding a meeting with voters.

However, after a while, the nationalists formed a column and started chanting: "Uman without Hasidim." Law enforcement officers surrounded them and put more than 50 people into police cars. After the charge sheets were drawn up, the detainees were released.

A burial site of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, the founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement, is located in Uman. Every Rosh Hashana, there is a major pilgrimage by tens of thousands of Hasidim from around the world to the grave of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov.

In fall of 2010, ten Hasidic pilgrims were deported back to Israel and banned from Ukraine for five years for disrupting public order and causing bodily harm to citizens.

Svoboda All-Ukrainian Union Leader Oleh Tiahnybok said earlier they demanded stricter legal and sanitary controls on Hasidic pilgrims. He also said that law-enforces should see that Hasidic pilgrims should respect the custom of local residents, observe their rights and prevent the breaches of public order by the pilgrims.
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Anonymous Sept. 26, 2011, 4:34 p.m.    

What could have been a magnificent opportunity to develop tourism in Ukraine becomes an absolute disaster for the image of the country abroad.

I tell you what, there are a lot of stupid people in Ukraine and sadly, these fools are the younger generation we hoped to be the future of the country!

Mono-culture DOES NOT WORK. Diversity is the key to evolution.

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Anonymous Sept. 26, 2011, 6:20 p.m.    

Mono-culture worked pretty well for japan,finland etc.Stop making excuses for tourists who misbehave.

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Anonymous Sept. 26, 2011, 11:42 p.m.    

these &quot;nationalists leaders&quot; are secretly PAID by the Jews and Regions mafia to do this for publicity.

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Anonymous Sept. 26, 2011, 11:44 p.m.    

just like in the USA in 1951...a Jewish fact finding study found that there was NO organized anti-Semitism so they created and financed the American Nazi Party and revitalized the Ku-Klux-Klan and other ineffective fringe groups run by morons so they could have a Baba Yaga bogeyman to scare Jews with and collect huge donations to fight anti-Semitism!$$$$$$$ works every time! Actually the same tactic is being used by Moscow and the Oligarchs in Ukraine!

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Anonymous Sept. 26, 2011, 8:01 p.m.    

Everyone is right, everyone is wrong.

Call them what you want but any bunch of boys without their wemen to keep them straight will go for a gay New Year's partying.

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov is Ukraine's folk heroes as much as Honta and Zalizniak. As they say in Western Europe; &quot;Build a Cathedral without relics and no one will come&quot;.

Tourism is not lost here, it needs to be Kosher educated so the locals can get enough money to become second class citizen's once a year, an ironic turn of stereotyping. Svoboda is not Rusyn nationalists just uncircumcised paskuda (brats) against circumcised Slavophiles (mazhory) visiting.

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Anonymous Sept. 27, 2011, 4:14 a.m.    

These &quot;nationalists&quot; (party of Regions members pretending to be nationalists) were paid by Jews to disrupt their pilgrimage and gain sympathy, and discredit any opposition to the Party of Regions.

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