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World Coronavirus: demonstration in Ukraine against the return of evacuees from China

07:05  21 february  2020
07:05  21 february  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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A Novi Sanjaryn, dans l'est de l'Ukraine, le nombre de manifestants a grossi au fil des heures, des feux ont été allumés et des échauffourées ont éclaté contre le retour d'évacués de Chine, le 20 février.. © STR / AFP In Novi Sanjaryn, in eastern Ukraine, the number of demonstrators has grown over the hours, fires have been started and clashes erupted against the return of evacuees from China on February 20.

A group of 70 people who had arrived from Wuhan, home of the coronavirus epidemic, was placed in quarantine in a military hospital of a small Ukrainian locality. But it took the intervention of riot police before the doors of the establishment were cleared: for fear of the spread of the epidemic, residents blocked the access roads.

The showdown lasted a good part of the day. For hours, residents of the small town of Novi Sanjary (between Kiev and Kharkiv in the east) remained silent to the arguments of the president or his interior minister dispatched to the scene.

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In the morning, a few dozen people set up barricades on the road that the procession was to take with the returnees from the Wuhan region. The number of demonstrators grew over the hours, fires were started and scuffles broke out. Several armored vehicles even had to be deployed.

In front of the angry crowd, the Minister of the Interior tried to reassure: "these are absolutely healthy people (...) who have passed medical checks," assured Arsen Avakov. Earlier, Volodymyr Zelensky on Facebook promised that the evacuees would be "completely isolated".

The head of state took the opportunity to lecture the demonstrators: "the attempts to block roads and hospitals, not to let Ukrainians return to Ukraine, do not show our good side," he said. he writes.

Nothing to reassure or calm worried residents: repelled by riot police, according to the Segodnya website, demonstrators threw stones at the 7 buses, which ended up entering the site shortly before 9 p.m. local time from the military hospital.

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