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Thousands picket Donetsk govt building, demand release of local governor

Published time: March 15, 2014 15:30
Pro-Russian activists hold Russian national flags during a demonstration rally in the center of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on March 15, 2014. (AFP Photo)

Pro-Russian activists hold Russian national flags during a demonstration rally in the center of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on March 15, 2014. (AFP Photo)

Thousands have gathered in the city of Donetsk, picketing the Security Council building. The protesters called for the current Kiev authorities to release the local governor and pro-Russian activists detained earlier, threatening to storm the building.

The protesters blocked the Security Council building trying to break the doors and smashing windows on Saturday afternoon. Activists removed the Ukrainian flag from the top of the building, hoisting a Russian tricolor.

The protesters were demanding the release of local governor Pavel Gubarev and 70 pro-Russian activists previously detained by the current Kiev authorities. They also urged local law enforcement to take their side.

The local head of the Security Council has promised the protesters to release the activists and Gubarev, according to Life news. He then reportedly escaped through the back door of the building.

Initially the rally in support of the Crimea referendum was to be held at the city’s main square. However the protesters marched from the square to the Security Council building picketing in front of it.

The local demonstrators also want to hold a separate referendum on the region’s accession to Russia. During the rally the people were carrying Russian flags chanting “Donbass is Russia” and “Referendum!”

Earlier this week bloody clashes in the city of Donetsk ended with a murder and multiple casualties. On Thursday, far-right extremists attacked a peaceful demonstration protesting “the destructive position of the people calling themselves the Ukrainian authorities,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Pro-Russian activists hold Russian national flags during a demonstration rally in the center of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on March 15, 2014. (AFP Photo)

Pro-Russian activists shout slogans and hold Russian national flags during a demonstration rally in the center of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on March 15, 2014. (AFP Photo)

Comments (50)

 

Freaky 16.03.2014 17:27

@Nigel Jude

What about Obama and Bush who destroyed a whole country based on lies.....?
Obama who killed innocent peoples with drone attacks who are going to a wedding and that has to be the most happiest day in those peoples live...?
Why are people sad when 3000 people are killed in skycrapers, while at the sime times the US makes more than hunderd thousand victims in Middle East..?
The world don't seems to care, it is a matter of perception.
Arab s do not look like whites, so it is not a problem
and their country can be used as a weapon testzone.
That makes me really sick
And you call president Putin a dictator..??

 

Freaky 16.03.2014 17:14

Bill 16.03.2014 10:46



Kho dorovsky is a Jewish oligarch like the ones holding Russian and Israeli passports who ripped off the assets of the USSR while manipulating Yeltsin Those people owe their allegiance to Israel but Putin is pure Russian and was not going to allow a political takeover - he knew what was afoot and put a stop to it He is a true pa

  


Th ere are still a lot of fools that do not realize that president Putin realize freedom.
look how he was bullied over the past months by the West
This man is ex KGB chief and knows exactly who are the dirty boys of this world.
Thumbs upp

 

Uzume 16.03.2014 15:11

Amazing! It a new War, just like the coup from the west. Take all the regions by protest, the Maiden just want the Donation. Go Russia!

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