Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
Activists from the ultra-right “C14“ group attacked the participants of a meeting organised by regional representatives of the “Rozumna Sila“ party [against the war in Donbass and fratricide in general – ed], which they in turn reported about on their Telegram channel, backing up their claims with photos. In particular, the deputy leader of the party Aleksandr Savchenko received wounds.
The victim published a video message on his Facebook page and noted that, unfortunately, today only the law of force works in Ukraine:
“Democracy? Political pluralism? Freedom of speech? No, I didn’t hear about any of this. It isn’t in Ukraine. Friends, I was assaulted. Unfortunately the law of force is in effect,” noted Aleksandr Savchenko.
“The attackers were mainly C14 activists, some of who hid their faces. They also had bladed weapons on them. The party plans to react only within the framework of the law. Our employees have written and submitted a statement to the police,” said Aleksandr Savchenko, commenting on the event to the human rights activists of “Uspishna Varta”.
As a reminder, the right to freedom of assembly is affirmed in article No. 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, article No. 21 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and article No. 11 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, which were all ratified by the state of Ukraine.
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