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Andriy Dzyndzya, journalist from the civic
police watchdog Road Control has been informed that he is suspected of a new
“offence” over an incident a year ago when he spat in the face of a traffic
police inspector, with this supposedly injuring the officer. 

As reported, Dzyndzya is currently in detention facing extremely worrying charges
over the Dec 1 disturbances on Bankova St in Kyiv.  Although there is
considerable evidence corroborating Dzyndzya’s assertion that he was there in a
journalist capacity, he is accused of involvement in the commandeering of the
bulldozer brought to Bankova St and used in the confrontation with interior
ministry forces.  All video footage, as well as reports from reputable NGOs
monitoring the events, suggest that the trouble outside the president’s administration on Dec 1 was deliberately orchestrated, and that those chiefly
responsible were young masked louts.  Those arrested, however, were two
journalists, an activist of the AutoMaidan movment, and eight men of different
ages, almost all of whom were badly beaten by Berkut riot police.   

The charges against Dzyndzya clearly fall
under the amnesty law which came into force on Dec 25, and his continued
detention is therefore in breach of the law. 

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