Ukrainian Pensioners Protested Outside the Verkhovna Rada: “Give Us Our Money Back!”

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


Pensioners went outside to the building of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Mikhail Grushevskogo Street, reports the correspondent of the Federal News Agency (FAN) from the place of events. They demand money from Deputies and the government for social programs for the needy, and also for the liquidators of the Chernobyl accident, and other programs.

The building of parliament was surrounded by police officers and national guardsmen, furthermore nearby on duty were about twenty army trucks and buses with military personnel.

One of the leaders of the activists informed the pensioners that he managed to speak with deputies of the Verkhovna Rada and even received a written answer, however the outcome didn’t satisfy him.

“I have a response, I can show it: ‘We will do pension reform there, all of you can f*ck off’. What f*cking need was there to gather everyone here on the 4th? There is nothing to speak to them about, you understand, there is a need to speak with people. So, you see, there is a need to raise people. I suggest, I will determine what I need, who will be here and who won’t. I can’t change anything anymore, we’ve been coming here for two years, we asked, and here such b*stards come out and tell us that there is no money. These Akhmetov and Kolomoisky patriots didn’t pay 57 billion in taxes. 57 billion, dear people! Do you understand? 20 billion, 20 billion, guys, is this a joke? 20 billion for roads, 4 billion for this! Give us the money back! They spent 130 billion on law enforcement! It wasn’t possible to cut one billion here and there for you Chernobyl veterans in order to pay you?” shouted the speaker indignantly.

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Near to him a man stood with a self-made poster containing the following text: “The authorities – from the President to the rural heads in State offices – love embezzlers of public funds, bandits, liars, judges-a**holes, Deputy-morons protect them from their deserved punishment, and impudently lie to naive Europeans”.

Pensioners were outraged by the situation for some hours, however by the evening they dispersed. Thus the cordon of police and military personnel wasn’t removed. As security officers informally told the correspondent of the FAN, now there will be a constant cordon around the Verkhovna Rada, governmental buildings, and the Presidential Administration, as the authorities expect a “hot autumn” and are preparing for mass riots.

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