Svoboda will take 20 thousand people to the streets and will demand return of the title to Bandera. Communists demand that the whole truth about the «heroes of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army» is told

Svoboda will take 20 thousand people to the streets and will demand return of the title to Bandera. Communists demand that the whole truth about the «heroes of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army» is told

Today, on October 14, a march, dedicated to 71 anniversary of the creation of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), will take place in Kiev.

Today’s procession will mostly consist of the members of Svoboda party, who have filed the application for conduct of the procession starting at Taras Shevchenko monument located in front of the university and ending with Mikhailovskaya square. The application was submitted for 20 thousand participants. Today the nationalists will march with the demands of recognizing the activity of OUN-UPA as struggle for the national liberation, returning the title of The Hero of Ukraine to Stepan Bandera and Roman Shukhevych, which they were stripped of by the courts’ decisions in 2010-2011, as well as announcing October 14 a national holiday – the Day of UPA Establishment.

The ideological opponents of the nationalists will also come out to the streets. In the morning the members of the Communist Party of Ukraine will conduct their meeting at Bessarabskaya square, where an event «Open microphone», during which anyone can express his opinion about OUN-UPA, is going to be conducted as well. According to Kiev municipal organization of the Communist Party of Ukraine, the event will last until the rally of Svoboda ends.

The representatives of the Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine also plan to go out to the streets. The route of their procession, which will start at Vatutin monument and proceed to Park Slavi, where the rally will be held, is not going to intersect with the march of the nationalists.

The police intend to cordon off Vladimirskaya street to prevent the participants of the nationalist procession from the contacts with their political opponents. The police urged the organizers and the participants of the events not to violate the laws, which regulate conduct of rallies.

The press-service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs reported that «three thousand policemen, who will start their duties at the events’ locations in the early morning, will be enforcing the law».

Ольга Бузыка


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