Cherkasy channel "Antena" reports about threats from city council official
Cherkasy TV channel “Antena” reports that the director of housing and utilities department of Cherkasy City council, Oleksandr Yatsenko, threatened the filming crew of the channel and the member of city council Oleksiy Romanov with physical violence. This was the story of the channel, that was published on the website of the channel. The incident took place on October 12, when the filming crew together with the employees of the city council services, on assignment of the city mayor of Cherkasy Anatoliy Bondarenko, inspected the riverside of Dnipro looking for signs of illegal capital construction. Based on the information of the channel, Oleksandr Yatsenko is probably the owner of the development project on the riverside in the microdistrict of the city, Dakhnivka. In spring of this year, based on information of green activists, in particular, Liudmyla Tkachenko, the TV company broadcasted a story about seizure of the riverside strand, setting up mooring and dumping the construction waste to the marshy bank in Dakhnivka. The prosecutor's office and police then ignored the addresses of journalists and activists and did not take any actions to stop the illegal construction in the protection zone of the hydrotechnic structure that forms so-called Dakhnivka dam. In autumn of this year, the local residents reported the city council member about large-scale construction in this area, and it ended with city mayor ordering the officials to clarify the issue. As the story of the channel shows, the official Oleksandr Yatsenko, who came to the journalists and the council member together with some other men, started threatening them with physical violence and used offensive language and criminal jargon to intimidate them when the footage was already taken. He complained about his private property being filmed, yet journalists were taking footage staying on the municipal road, in 100 meters from his estate. After the incident, the journalists filed complaints about threats and obstruction to the police.
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