Friday, July 19, 2013

Violence Against Women: Police Disperse Protest In Kyiv

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Police Disperse Protest In Kyiv 

Riot police in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv have dispersed a protest over last month's rape of a woman who accused police officers of the crime.

The case sparked outrage across Ukraine.

Local media said police detained about 10 people early July 19 after some 100 protesters ignored calls to leave the tents they had sent up in the square.

Authorities had allowed the protest in the square on July 18.

Earlier this month, hundreds took to the streets of Vradiyivka, 300 kilometers south of Kyiv, after the 29-year-shop assistant said she was beaten and raped by two policemen. Angered by a suspected cover-up, locals tried to storm a police station.

Many of the protesters in Kyiv had traveled on foot from Vradiyivka, using their march to the Ukrainian capital to highlight rampant and unpunished abuse in the country's police force.

The government has since sacked the regional prosecutor as well as the heads of the regional and town police. The two alleged rapists have been arrested.
Based on AP and UNIAN reporting