On April 11, about a hundred local pro-Ukrainian activists organized a flashmob in Mariupol. It was a peaceful event with blue-yellow flags. Suddenly two cars drove up to the activists, and people jumped out. One of them had a bat, which he started using to beat the rally participants (the others helped by knocking people off their feet). As a result, one person has a fracture with displacement, and another has a broken nose. However, the activists managed to take down four attackers, despite the fact that the police did not react to the aggression (the incident occurred in front of the Zhovtneviy police station). The flashmob participants directed the attackers to the police station, gave statements about the incident, but the next day it was found that all the attackers were released.
It’s worth noting that three of the assailants have criminal records for murder and robbery; one of them was wanted at the time of his arrest. But the humane Mariupol court dismissed all of them, placing one under house arrest (the one beating people with the bat). According to unconfirmed information, all attackers were redeemed by local deputy Yaroshenko. Moreover, it looks like the police will try to pin the whole case on the pro-Ukrainian activists, claiming that it was the activists who beat the attackers.
Also, according to local activists, today the pro-Russian separatists seized the Mariupol local council’s executive committee. This occurred without a single shot; the police handed over the premises and, according to eyewitnesses, took the side of the separatists. Right now, ‘Orcs’ are in the buildings of the executive committee. At present, the separatists are moving in the direction of the local city police department. People say that it can be seized easily, as the police will not resist. There are about 700 separatists in Mariupol; they have set up camp in the city center. There are locals among them, and there are people who are not familiar with the city and, thus, apparently are not locals. The police allegedly support them. “We have been betrayed,” the local activists complain.
Translated by Alya Shandra, edited by Robin Rohrback