“While I was taking the women to one of the halls, some young men, running from police, ran into the building after us and blocked the entrance. Riot police officers tried to get in. And then – I don’t know, how they knew it – but the building has windows from the back side, and they ran around the building and broke into it through the windows,” says Pantiuk.
Once inside, officers started beating everyone in the building. There were up to 50 people hiding inside.
“I happened to be the first one in their way,” says writer Bohdan Humeniuk. “I met them with my Writers’ Union ID in one hand, and journalism ID in other hand, and asked them to be calm down. For that they kicked me on the ribs with a club.”