13.04.2004 | Nikolay Kozyrev, Krasny Luch

Militia tried to prevent the participation of citizens in a protest action


On 20 January 2004 O. Kleymenov, the head of the Krasny Luch town militia directorate, personally controlled the filtration of citizens (representatives of the town population), who wanted to go to Lugansk for participation in the protest hunger-strike.

Kleymenov and his subordinates arrested the bus, by which the Krasny Luch representatives were going to Lugansk, took away the number plate from the vehicle and prohibited to the driver (a private businessman) to continue the journey threatening him with sanctions. So, in fact, the militia officer prohibited to citizens to take part in the protest action.

Militia patrols also stopped buses and taxis at the town boundary, checked documents and made the «suspicious» passengers (activists of town community) to get out.

Only two persons out of 52, who bought tickets and wanted to go to the protest action to the oblast center, managed to get there.

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