2019-05-16 11:15:00

Court arrests over 20 participants in protest against new church in Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg, May 16, Interfax - The Verkh-Isetsky District Court of Yekaterinburg has received 24 cases related to people detained during an unauthorized protest against the construction of St. Catherine's Church in the city, a court spokesperson told Interfax.

"A total of 24 materials have been received. Consideration of two of them has been postponed. One case has been closed, and arrests have been ordered in the other cases," the spokesperson said.

Under the court ruling, 21 protesters have been arrested for two to ten days.

According to local media, several dozen people were detained at the protest in Yekaterinburg on Wednesday evening. Interfax does not yet have official information about the detentions.

The press service of the city healthcare department told Interfax that no one had sought medical aid after the unauthorized action in Yekaterinburg's park where the church is expected to be built.

"No, it was all quiet over there. No one was [hurt]," the press service said.

The Urban Development and Architecture Council voted in October 2018 for building St. Catherine's Church in the park on Oktyabrskaya Square. City residents raised objections. A group of citizens filed a referendum request with the City Elections Commission but this was refused.

Fencing around the planned construction site in the park was built on May 13. The same day, Yekaterinburg residents held their first protest, which began in the evening and lasted till morning.

The second unauthorized protest against the construction of the church in the park on Oktyabrskaya Square took place on Tuesday. Police and officers of the National Guard provided law and order at the protest venue. Twenty-six people were detained and another three were hospitalized with injuries.

Another similar protest was staged on May 15.