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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

To Protect or Not to Protect, Lutsenko Sorts Out Protests

Minister of Internal Affairs Yuriy Lutsenko: Citizens must realize that there are protests with concrete demands, which the Ministry of Internal Affairs will protect in every way…but with concrete demands to the government, and not just with a notice that we’ll be sitting here eternally so that you can see us.

That’s exactly the approach police took on March 20 when they turned a blind eye to the crackdown on “Out, all!” protesters at Maidan.

They simply watched the protesters’ tents trashed by Shchyt, a group of retired military and security officers who claim opposing anarchy.

So much for the Lutsenko who rallied at Maidan during the Orange Revolution! So much for the “Militsiya z narodom!” (“Police with the people!”) slogan.

According to Lutsenko’s logic, he had no business setting up those tents at Maidan in 2004 — the very tents that catapulted him to his ministerial post.

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