Some think that politics in America is a bloodsport, but one might say our Congress is quite tame compared to the rock ’em sock ’em antics in the halls of governments elsewhere. This week, a brawl that broke out in Ukraine’s parliament was caught on video.
According to the UK Independent newspaper, as Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk tried to address his parliament, the leader of the opposing party approached him with a bouquet of roses. But a flower delivery wasn’t the only thing on the mind of MP Oleh Barna.
Prime Minister Yatsenyuk was debating his party’s annual budget at the podium at the head of the room when Barna approached.
Barna, a member of the dominant Petro Poroshenko Bloc ‘Solidarity,’ started to hand Yatsenyuk, the leader of the smaller People’s Front party, a bunch of roses; but it quickly became clear that the approaching MP was using the flowers as a feint.
As he handed the PM the flowers, the opposing party member quickly slipped around the wall of the podium and tried to physically pull the prime minister out of the room.
Barna didn’t just pull on Yatsenyuk, either; he put his arm under the thinner man’s crotch and tried to lift him up in the air.
Naturally, as soon as Barna performed his wrestling move, the whole room erupted in a brawl.
A look at the amazing video shows that Barna and at least one member of parliament exchanged blows as the two sides rushed toward each other.
Barna, a former physics teacher, has been agitated about PM Yatsenyuk for weeks and has been collecting signatures on petitions to force him to resign.
“Not only Yatsenyuk but his entire Cabinet should be dismissed,” Barna recently told the local media.
As the paper notes, “In the October 2014 parliamentary elections, the Petro Poroshenko Bloc won 143 MPs, while the People’s Front won 83.”
This isn’t the first time passions have stretched to the eruption point in Ukraine, as a similar fight broke out in parliament in December of last year.
Ukraine’s government isn’t the only place where politics turned to fisticuffs. A fist fight broke out on the floor of Japan’s parliament in September of this year. The Turkish Parliament has also been the site of a bench-clearing brawl. And in 2010, a huge melee broke out in South Korea’s capitol, too.