MASS BRAWL BREAKS OUT IN ROVNO OBLAST DURING ATTEMPT BY SUPPORTERS OF THE NEW CHURCH TO SEIZE U.P.Ts. CHURCH BUILDING
Interfax-Religiia, 4 September 2019
On the territory of a church in the village of Malinsk in Rovno oblast, almost sixty representatives of religious parishes got into a fight, as a result of which eleven persons were injured and twelve criminal proceedings were begun, the police report.
"Another incident between representatives of two religious parishes arose yesterday, 3 September, on the territory of a church in the village of Malinsk. A report began to arrive at the police at 7:30 about a conflict among unidentified persons who cut the locks on the doors of a church and tried to remove things from there and about local residents receiving bodily harm," the press service of the police of Rovno oblast reported on Wednesday.
Law enforcement officers explained that representatives of the "parish council of the Peter and Paul parish of the PTsU [Orthodox Church of Ukraine] diocese of Rovno cut locks on entry doors of the church and entered for conducting a worship service.
"This led to a regular conflict between representatives of religious parishes that have had strained relations since back in the spring of this year. The dispute grew into a brawl near the church among almost 60 persons, during which eleven local residents suffered bodily injury in the form of bruises," the police reported.
In the context of the pretrial investigation in the criminal proceedings on the basis of article 356 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (vigilanteism), investigators of the Beresno police department seized documents that, according to representatives of the Peter and Paul parish of the PTsU diocese of Rovno, confirm their rights of ownership of the church.
"In addition, information was entered into the Uniform Register of Pretrial Investigations about eleven incidents of causing intentional minor bodily injury, preliminarily based on part 1 of article 125 of the CC of Ukraine. Investigations of the actions are continuing," the police summed up. (tr. by PDS, posted 4 September 2019)
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