Not only did the
party – with 38 seats in the upcoming parliament – admit breaking up the
peaceful demonstration, Svoboda officials are proud of the actions, which
included spraying teargas on peaceful activists. Police detained six people at the rally. One participant
had his nose broken.
“Thanks to the five nationalists, the sabbath
of 50 perverts was broken up,” boasts Svoboda on its official web page in a
statement that was posted there on Dec. 10. “They pulled out banners with
perverted slogans, after which the protesters used teargas on them, but they
received a decent rebuff. The fight broke out for which the police intruded,” the
detained five Svoboda Party members on the spot – Onysya Garai, Sergiy Bondar,
Ihor Berdennikov, and two other under-aged party activists whom Svoboda does
not name. Onushya Garai is accused of hooliganism and resisting the police.
Aside from nationalists, police detained one gay activist.