“UDAR” Candidate Severely Beaten in Bila Tserkva

04.10.2012 23:33

Roman Hryhoryshyn, deputy candidate from the “UDAR” Party in district #90 (Kyiv oblast, Bila Tserkva city) was assaulted yesterday. He is currently undergoing treatment in a hospital.

On Thursday, October 4 at 9:30 p.m. Roman Hryhoryshyn left the house, where he rents an apartment for a grocery store. On his way back, two young men of a stocky build, who were waiting for him at the door assaulted him and his confidant Olena Ponomarenko, who was with him at the time. The attackers threatened the “UDAR” members and demanded that Hryhoryshyn exit the election race. They hit the candidate in the face and continued to kick him when he lost consciousness. According to Ponomarenko’s testimony, the attackers escaped. Currently, Hryhoryshyn is in the hospital while Ponomarenko is talking with the law enforcement.

“UDAR” Party declared that true terror against their candidates has now begun. Previously, threats or psychological and administrative pressure were the norm; now, physical violence has also come into play. “UDAR” is using all legal tools at hand to protect its candidates. The party announced that its members will not be afraid of crude methods of pressure. At the same time, the voters should use the Election Day to express their attitude towards the regime, where violence and threats solve all problems.

There are 46 registered candidates in district #90. Roman Hryhoryshyn is one of the leaders of the race according to public opinion polls.

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