Rallies of Svoboda and the CPU are taking place inAkhtyrka. The opposing sides gathered at the pedestal on whichstood a monument to Vladimir Lenin. This is reported by spokesmanof Svoboda youth wing Oleksandr Aronets on his Facebookpage.
Conflicts beganaround 9.20 a.m. Then deputies from the Communist Party ViktoriaBabich and Svoboda's Andrii Mohnyk and Ihor Miroshnychenko andabout a hundred supporters of Svoboda and Communists each gatheredat the pedestal of the monument to Lenin.
Feet of Leninmonument were already gone in the morning. They were lying side byside. Svoboda activists came from Romny, Sumy and Trostianets -mostly young people. They shout slogans "Glory to Ukraine - Deathto the enemies," "Hammer and Sickle - Death and Hunger." TheCommunists are heard chanting "Lenin, Party, Komsomol" and "No toFascism in Ukarine."
Deputies from theopponents are often conflicting with with each other. ViktoriaBabich complained that they sprayed tear gas ather.
The most activeamong Communists is Viktoria Babih's son. Supporters of theCommunist Party tried to throw eggs at Svoboda activists. Mostlythey hit the police and Berkut. Law enforcement officials aretrying to convince Babich and supporters of her political force notto throw anything at Svoboda and policemen.
"Let them firststop spraying gas," she said.
According todeputy Viktoria Babich, Communists rally will last for 1.5 hours.And when people leave, Lenin will be reinstalled.
"Lenin will be onthis site. This I swear to you," said Babichagain.
Around 10.30 50Berkut policemen came and separated the participants. Between themthere are sporadic fights.
Also on LeninSquare there are about a hundred policemen.
Supporters of theCommunist Party urge to return the monument to the leader of theworld proletariat. In addition, they want to declare Svoboda MPIhor Miroshnychenko persona non grata in the city, for his theleadership in dismantling the monument on February15.
In his turn, thepress-secretary of Svoboda Oleksandr Aronets reports that activistsof nationalist political forces did not let the Communists set up amonument to Lenin, driving the builders away from the pedestal.During rallies ideological opponents a fight broke out in which thepolice intervened.
"The police arehere and beating up deputies again. Punching and kicking andpushing," wrote Aronets.