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 Rada speaker Parubii demands that access to parliament is unhindered: "Rada cannot and should not be blocked"

Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andrii Parubii demanded that organizers of the protests near the parliament building unblock its entrances and exits.

Parubii said when opening Wednesday morning session in the Rada, Censor.NET reports.

He said the attacks upon MPs [yesterday, Oct. 17, MP Barna was attacked by protesters as he was leaving the building - ed.] and Rada employees are not acceptable.

"The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine is not just walls. It's people's deputies. I would like that everyone had a joint and single position - the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine cannot and should not be blocked," Parubii said.

The speaker demanded that organizers of the protests near the parliament building unblock its entrances and exits for MPs and Rada employees.

"Under such conditions, we will have difficulties to have enough MPs on Thursday to vote for the healthcare reform and for immunity lifting," the speaker stressed.

Read more: "Tents will not be demolished, but entry to protest area will be made through metal detection frames," - Prosecutor General Lutsenko

As reported, a protest with a request to hold a political reform in Ukraine is being held Oct. 17 at Verkhovna Rada building in Kyiv. Organizers of the protest say the key demands are to change the system of election in Ukraine, including a shift to proportional election system with open candidates list, restriction of political advertising on TV, creation of anti-corruption court, and restriction of parliamentary immunity.

Former Odesa governor Mikheil Saakashvili said that if the MPs do not fulfill the protesters' demands on Oct. 17, some of them might stay at the Rada building for indefinite protest. SBU reported earlier it had prevented a possible provocation during Oct. 17 mass events in Kyiv.
 
 
 
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