Vradiyska Peaceful Protest Coordinator jailed for 10 days
Judge Andzor Saadulaev from the Shevchenkivsk District Court in Kyiv has jailed the initiator of the Vradiyvska protests against police violence and lawlessness, Vasyl Lyubarets. He is supposed to have infringed the rules for holding peaceful gatherings.
Mr Lyubarets has declared a hunger strike, as have several other protesters in solidarity.
The police drew up two protocols against Lyubarets on the same count of infringing the rules on peaceful assembly. Most tellingly, another judge of the same court found on Monday that there had been no infringement in Lyubaret’s behaviour.
The Vradiyvska procession protests began on 7 July following the brutal rape and possible attempted murder of 29-year-old Iryna Krashkova from Vradiyivka. A huge crowd of her fellow residents stormed the police station after what they saw as attempts by the police to shield one of the two police officers named as her assailants by the victim.
There has been considerable protest within Ukraine and abroad to the events on Thursday night when Berkut riot police forcibly removed tents on Maidan Nezalezhnosti [Independence Square] and dispersed entirely peaceful protesters against police violence.
New information and photo from Radio Svoboda