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Rioters thrashed, handcuffed governor of Ukrainian region to make him resign

Published time: February 20, 2014 10:57
Edited time: February 20, 2014 15:44
Volyn Region Governor Alexander Bashkalenko (2nd L, front) stands on the stage after he was captured by anti-government protesters during a rally in the town of Lutsk in northwestern Ukraine, February 19, 2014. (Reuters/Petro Krivoshey); Yotube video courtesy of serialu2014

Volyn Region Governor Alexander Bashkalenko (2nd L, front) stands on the stage after he was captured by anti-government protesters during a rally in the town of Lutsk in northwestern Ukraine, February 19, 2014. (Reuters/Petro Krivoshey); Yotube video courtesy of serialu2014

A governor of a western Ukrainian region who tried to calm down a raging mob of rioters was severely beaten and handcuffed to a protest stage. His family could also be under threat as insurgents are reportedly looking for them.

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When a 30,000-strong mob attempted to storm regional police headquarters in the city of Lutsk in the Volyn region of western Ukraine, Governor Aleksandr Bashkalenko sided with law enforcement and tried to uphold the law.

Standing on the front staircase of the police building, Bashkalenko attempted to temper the rioters. But the insurgents began shouting “kneel down”, and then knocked him over and seized the civil servant, while beating him from all sides.
The rioters manhandled Bashkalenko to a stage used by the opposition during rallies. They doused him with water, exposing him to the cold as revenge for police using fire-hoses to repel the attackers in Kiev, and cuffed him to the stage.

Anti-government protesters capture Volyn Region Governor Alexander Bashkalenko (2nd L, front) during a rally in the town of Lutsk in northwestern Ukraine, February 19, 2014. (Reuters/Petro Krivoshey)

The rioters demanded Aleksandr Bashkalenko’s resignation, which he refused outright, saying that as a governor he has a real chance to prevent bloodshed in the region.

The governor was then reportedly taken to a cellar, where he was threatened to be kept under lock and key until he signs his resignation. According to other media reports his whereabouts is unknown.

A group of rioters reportedly made threats of heading towards the governor’s house to seize his children and wife in order to compel the governor to comply with their demands.

The nationalist group, Right Sector, earlier reported it burnt down the headquarters of the ruling Party of Regions and the Communist Party and captured the city hall and police headquarters. Police put up little resistance to their actions.

Anti-government protesters capture Volyn Region Governor Alexander Bashkalenko (L, bottom) during a rally in the town of Lutsk in northwestern Ukraine, February 19, 2014. (Reuters/Cathal McNaughton)

Comments (34)

 

David L. Russell 22.02.2014 05:48

Truth be told, all people have an innate craving to be free, and when tyrannical, authoritarian Neanderthals attempt to enslave them through mongrel ideologies like Marxism, Fascism, etc , they push back, and push back hard. The only fear I have is that many times we see new kinds of tyrants emerge, all in the name of liberty, and they soon become the knuckle dragging Neanderthals. The French Revolution proved that point.

 

Freaky 21.02.2014 15:38

There is a bank ROTHSCHILD BANK that is located in 40 country's and that bank give advise to governments in those country's Kiev they also have a sattlement
In that bank the best of the best boys and girls from University's have a job and are well paid.
If no one ever heard about the family Rotschild please look at Wikipedia.
These people where funding wars in earlier time on both sides and manipulating people
And these guys are advising governments now.....

 

Freaky 21.02.2014 15:32

BNTO 20.02.2014 17:50

That young men without balaclava abusing the governor is a dead man walking...no place to hide!

  


Today I heard from an Ukrain, that there are protesters who get paid to do the riot job....can you imagine...?
This must be setup by the West.

Anoth er thing is that the EU want Ukraine, but they do not wanna help them financially. So for me is that Ukraine is a ball in the game for them, I feel so sad for those Ukrainians
Russi a offer them 15 billion real money...? See how stupid it is. Ukraine will be the backdoor for the West to Russia and that is dangerous.

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