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Watch: Ukrainian deputies throw rice and buckwheat in Parliament

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By Euronews
Watch: Ukrainian deputies throw rice and buckwheat in Parliament

<p>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. </p> <p>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.</p> <p><iframe width="606" height="341" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/qqfYujzekCI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Yesterday, Rybak adjourned the session after opposition lawmakers, representing the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reforms (<span class="caps">UDAR</span>), 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. </p> <p>The sentencing of three far-right activists sparked violent clashes in Ukraine, five days ago, leaving dozens of people injured.</p> <p>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.</p>