As reported by Censor.NET citing 112 Ukraine TV channel, the traffic at Kyiv's Khreshchatyk Street was blocked in the morning of Tuesday.
In addition to law enforcement officers guarding the public order in the capital, bomb-disposal experts and canine units are checking the Mariinsky Park for explosives.
"Khreschatyk Street has been blocked since 6 a.m. No rallies were held so far. The roadway is empty. The groups of law enforcement officers can be seen here and there. The largest number of law enforcers is now outside the Verkhovna Rada building and in the government quarter. The bomb-disposal experts and canine units are searching for the explosives in Mariinsky Park," the TV channel's correspondent reports from the scene.
According to the correspondent, the police and National Guard are deployed on Khreshchatyk Street. The people intending to protest outside the Verkhovna Rada have started gathering at the Europeiska Square. The blocked streets are already causing traffic jams.
Such measures have been taken by the law enforcers to avoid provocations during mass protests. The police reportedly received about 10 requests to hold rallies Nov. 15 which might be attended by 5,000 to 50,000 people, according to various estimates. The police plan to install metal detectors on the perimeter of the area that will host the protesters and involve bomb-disposal experts and canine units. The law enforcers are going to check IDs and personal belongings.
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