There were chaotic scenes in the Ukrainian parliament on January 15 as opposition deputies blocked the podium as part of a protest demanding January 10 clashes between demonstrators and riot police in Kiev to be investigated. Footage shows a deputy throwing rice and buckwheat.
The parliament’s speaker, Volodymyr Rybak, was forced to open the parliamentary session from a regular deputy’s seat as opposition lawmakers continued to occupy the podium.
Yesterday, Rybak adjourned the session after opposition lawmakers, representing the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reforms (UDAR), Batkivshchyna (Fatherland), and Svoboda (Liberty) parties blocked the pulpit, demanding the creation of a special parliamentary group to investigate clashes between protesters and riot police in Kiev.
The sentencing of three far-right activists sparked violent clashes in Ukraine, five days ago, leaving dozens of people injured.
The trouble erupted as a large crowd gathered in support of the alleged terror plot defendants who were jailed for six years for trying to blow up a statue of Lenin in 2011.
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