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In Odesa, journalists were not admitted to city council session

16.06.2017, 11:51

On June 14 in Odesa, security guards and police were refusing to admit journalists of several media outlets to the city council session. This was reported by Izbirkom and Dumska.

The entrance to the city council building was blocked by the representatives of the private security company “Zevs”, by the officers of the department of municipal security and police.

The security guards were aggressive, were pushing the journalists and impeding their work. Police officers ignored journalists' complaints about impediment to their professional activities.

Some journalists filed official complaints about this to the police.

Some members of the city council also failed to get to the building.

At the session, 37 draft resolutions were supposed to be approved, in particular, those related to land allocation.

City mayor Hennadiy Trukhanov at his briefing said that the restrictions were introduced "to avoid provocations" who supposedly wanted to sabotage the session.

A day before that, on June 13, private security in the city council during the coordination council in the same building attacked and forcefully removed from the room the freelance correspondent working for “Izbirkom” Yuriy Diachenko as he refused to turn off his video camera.

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