Sunday 19 November 2017

Ukrainian protesters tear down country's largest statue of Lenin

Jason Kennedy

Jason Kennedy

There were jubilant scenes in Ukraine's second-largest city, Kharkiv, as thousands of people watched the country's largest statue of Lenin torn down.

People cheered and sang as the large statue was knocked off its podium on Sunday night in a move which was approved by Ukrainian officials.

Although there was a police presence, they did not intervene.

Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov wrote on his Facebook page that the statue should be removed.

"Lenin? Let him fall. As long as people don't get hurt. As long as this bloody communist idol does not take more victims with it when it goes," he wrote in Russian.

Pro-Russian activists defended the statue in February when then President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted. The statue was located in the country's largest square in the centre of  Kharkiv, which is a predominantly Russian-speaking city.

Irish Independent

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