Zakharchenko: Ukrainian police to secure order at 2012 elections, stay out of politics

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March 14, 2012, 6:18 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

According to Interior Minister of Ukraine Vitaliy Zakharchenko, the police will stay out of politics during the preparations for and holding parliamentary elections in autumn 2012.

Interior Minister of Ukraine Vitaliy Zakharchenko has said that the police will stay out of politics during the preparations for and holding parliamentary elections in autumn 2012. "The police will stay out of politics. It does now, and will stick to this position," the minister said at a press conference in Kyiv.

At the same time, he said both politicians and their supports should treat policemen with respect.

"You can't grab a policeman by his uniform or beat him," the minister said.

Zakharchenko said the main task of the police during the elections would be to ensure the security of the public and to protect the rights and freedoms of citizens.
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harley March 14, 2012, 7:49 p.m.    

Protect the rights and freedoms of which citizens? Why did the minister even feel the need to make this statement? Aren't police in all civilized countries supposed to stay out of politics?

And if thousands went into the streets to protest a criminally fixed election, wouldn't it be the duty of the police to protect these citizens; wouldn't that be their duty even if a corrupt court banned the protest, because we know that the Ukrainian constitution allows all assemblies, as long as the authorities are notified in advance. Under the constitution the courts do not have the right to ban demonstrations.

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