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Parliament hears Prosecutor General's report on beating of peaceful protesters

20-12-2013 16:31

The parliament on Friday heard the Prosecutor General's report on the investigation into the events that took place in Kyiv on November 30th and December 1st when riot police brutally beat peaceful demonstrators on the central square.

Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka said that the investigation was still in progress and that its completion was delayed by "objective factors" - namely, the large amount of case materials and difficulties in interrogating a number of witnesses, including members of parliament. According to him, investigators have not yet established the official who ordered the violent dispersal of demonstrators and whether such an order was given. He said that the use of force against demonstrators was "inadequate" to the threat to public security posed by them. He confirmed that investigators had established and proven 88 facts of injuries caused by policemen and said that "due action" would be taken on each case. At the same time, the Prosecutor General accused members of "radical groups" of "calls for overthrowing the legitimate government of Ukraine". "Materials submitted by the Security Service corroborate the fact that members of radical groups, who have long been operating under the guise of various public organizations, were involved in various provocations and violations of public order. They called for a violent seizure of state power during mass rallies in Kyiv," Pshonka said. Opposition MPs slammed his report, calling it "runaround", and demanded severe criminal punishment for those who beat demonstrators and gave such orders instead of "scapegoats". The majority refused to support the opposition's demand to the President to dismiss Interior Minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko. Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Rybak closed the plenary session and announced that the next session would start on January 14th. As we have reported, the lawmakers failed to pass the 2014 national budget bill on Thursday.