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At the action near the Kyiv City Council, a thug hit the "1+1" cameraman

28.10.2013, 22:13

On October 23, during the action of the Opposition near the Kyiv City Council building, a cameraman of the 1+1 camera crew was assaulted, TSN informs.

The journalists worked in the crowd of protesters, among whom there were quite a lot of athletically built young men. At the time, the cameraman was filming the speech of the Opposition leaders, Arseniy Yatseniuk, Vitaliy Klichko, and Oleh Tyahnybok, when one of the men standing in front gave him a hard hit in the stomach with his elbow. While the cameraman was recovering, the attacker and his comrades disappeared, as the action was about to end and the protesters were going their ways.

To give it the context, in the morning due to the Opposition's planned protest action the building of the mayor’s office of Kyiv was under reinforced security before beginning of the city council’s session. The entrance to the mayor’s office was fenced with metal shields, with police officers behind them. The Opposition demanded the immediate unscheduled elections in the capital, and protested against the sessions of the Kyiv city council, which it believes to be illegal. During the previous session in early October, the protests turned into a big fight on Khreshchatyk street. The rally participants tried to get to the walls of the city council, where they were repelled by several Berkut special force operatives. Tear gas was used against the protesters.

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