Massive Brawl Erupts In Ukrainian Parliament, PM Assaulted

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A huge fight broke out in the Ukrainian parliament on Friday after an MP handed Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk a bunch of Roses to hold and then went on to physically lift up and remove him from the podium.

Prime Minister Yatsenyuk managed to hold on to the rostrum at which he was giving a speech moments earlier, until help arrived and Ukraine’s upper house of parliament erupted into a brawl.

National Post reports:

A fight involving several dozen lawmakers broke out in Ukraine’s parliament Friday after one deputy swatted the prime minister with a bouquet of roses during a speech.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk was giving his report at the Supreme Rada when a deputy from the president’s party went up to the rostrum with a bunch of red roses. After he handed the roses to Yatsenyuk, Oleh Barna took Yatsenyuk by the waist and put his hands around his leg, trying to drag him away as Yatsenyuk clutched the rostrum.Ukrainian Parliament

Dozens of lawmakers from Yatsenyuk’s party rushed to defend him and a wild melee erupted.Ukrainian Parliament

AFP news agency YouTube video:

The Prime Minister held onto the rostrum says The Journal:

Barna has been collecting signatures for the resignation of the highly unpopular Yatsenyuk.Ukrainian Parliament1

In response, dozens of MPs from the Prime Minister’s party rushed to defend him, dragging Barna away, before one MP pummelled him with blows.Ukrainian Parliament

In the melee, another member of the Supreme Rada (which, until 2013, included retired World Heavyweight Boxing champion Vitali Klitschko) can be seen pulling Barna’s hair, and gouging at his face.

Barna’s party said later on today that they have expelled him from the parliamentary faction over the incident.

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