Ukrainian Protester Sprays Former Heavyweight Champ Klitschko With Fire Extinguisher, Lives to Tell About It
Protests than began in November are intensifying in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev.
Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have been furious with President Viktor Yanukovich’s decision in late 2013 to scrap a landmark deal with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia. Violence in the streets hit a high this weekend when demonstrators tossed Molotov cocktails, burned police vehicles and beat officers as the police fired back with tear gas and their own aggression. It’s been total mayhem outside in the Kiev cold.
Opposition leaders are trying to keep the peace, arguing that provocateurs and troublemakers do not speak for the peaceful protesters. Vitali Klitschko is one such opposition leader. The former heavyweight champion of the world and Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform leader speaks forcefully — “Ukraine is united as never before in its struggle. We will not allow a dictatorship” — but he has been trying as well to keep the violence down.
For his troubles, Klitschko caught a face full of fire extinguisher from someone in the crowd with a huge sac.