Only half of those who had protested last week in Kyiv demanding increased payments to miners and dismissal of the coal minister were miners, the rest were hired goons. Some of them have been detained and will be prosecuted, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said on national TV Apr. 27.
“Half of the protesters [about 1,000] were miners. The other half was goons hired by protests organizers. They violated the public order and resisted the police, the minister said.
The 3-day protests had been held near the presidential administration, government building and legislature. Protesters blocked Kyiv streets several times.