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Poroshenko: organisers of Rada rally needed blood, not reforms

"The real plan was the destabilization of the situation in Ukraine."

Poroshenko: organisers of Rada rally needed blood, not reforms
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President Petro Poroshenko believes that the main organizers of the rally under the Verkhovna Rada sought destabilization of the situation of the country.

"This week, a rally was convened in the center of Kyiv and we saw that the formal requirements of protesters were completely in line with the initiatives of the president both on the anti-corruption judiciary and parliamentary immunity," Poroshenko said on Tweeter on Friday, 20 October.

"After yesterday's effective voting in parliament when the president's proposals were supported by the majority of political forces and deputies, public organizations issued a statement saying they wrap-up their participation in the protest action. I want to draw your attention, however, that the main organizers have shown that their requirements were only a smokescreen. Their actual plan was to destabilize the situation in Ukraine," the president said.

Poroshenko said that law enforcement agencies shortly before the October 17 rally foiled an attempt of extremist groups to buy weapons and discovered caches with ammunition.

"They repeatedly provoked law enforcers because they did not need reforms or changes. They needed blood," said Poroshenko.

The president thanked law enforcement agencies who prevented a bloodshed.

The rally for political reform ended on 19 October. At the same time, a few dozen representatives of Saakashvili's Movement of New Forces and the supporters of Self-Help's Yehor Sobolev and Semen Semenchenko refuse to leave a street adjacent to the parliament building.