Ukrainian ultranationalist party Svoboda, a history of violence

People try to pull shields away from officers as activists of radical Ukrainian parties, including the Ukrainian nationalist party Svoboda (Freedom), clash with police officers in front of the parliament in Kiev on August 31, 2015The Ukrainian ultranationalist party Svoboda, blamed for clashes that killed one person and injured dozens more outside parliament on Monday, has a long-established reputation for violent confrontation. Svoboda supporters were heavily represented in Monday’s demonstration, which opposed lawmakers’ support of a bill to widen autonomy to pro-Kremlin rebel regions in eastern Ukraine. Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said Svoboda party leader Oleg Tyagnybok and his organisation were “directly” to blame for the clashes.

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