2019-05-15 12:08:00

Three hospitalized after protest against church construction in Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg, May 15, Interfax - Three people were hospitalized after the unpermitted protest against the construction of a church in the center of Yekaterinburg on Tuesday, the city health department told Interfax in a statement.

"Three persons were taken to a trauma hospital," the department said.

According to the local media, the protest ended at about 2 a.m., and two dozens were taken into custody. Interfax has no official information about the number of detainees.

The second unpermitted protest against the construction of a church in the park on Oktyabrskaya Square took place on Tuesday. Police and National Guard officers provided law and order on the protest venue.

The Urban Development and Architecture Council voted in October 2018 for building a St. Catherine 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 the request was denied.

After the construction site was fenced, Yekaterinburg residents held their first unpermitted protest. It started on Monday evening and continued until Tuesday morning.