Protesters brought a statue of a naked Vladimir Putin sitting on a golden toilet to the second day of a summit of European leaders in Prague on Friday, October 7, the Russian president’s 70th birthday.
Footage filmed by Anastasia Signaevska shows the statue, as well as a smaller one of a naked Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko.
A man explains that Lukashenko is a “fervent player of hockey, so this hockey stick is bloodied ‘cause he’s also a very bloody dictator.”
Below the figures is a representation of a body from Bucha, the man says, referencing the village outside Kyiv where hundreds of bodies were found in mass graves after the retreat of Russian forces.
The summit was the first meeting of the European Political Community, a group of 44 EU and other European countries, initiated by French President Emmanuel Macron. Credit: Anastasia Signaevska via Storyful
- Lukashenko is the dictator of Belarus. He's an ally of Vladimir Putin. He is also a fervent player of hockey. So this hockey stick is bloody because he is also a very bloody dictator. And this body is the body of a woman in Bucha. Lukashenko's--
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GITANAS NAUSEDA: Good morning. Good morning. I am president of Lithuania. We really support your fight against Russia and your fight for freedom because this is a fight for our freedom, too. I see those words, mobilization and Russia, more weapons for Ukraine. I absolutely agree. This is our main task.
And I think we have certain unity among the table. I fully support this idea. You will be left not alone. And Lithuania, of all the countries, Poland, and everybody will support you. Please be sure that we will win. And the victory will be yours. And your victory will be our victory.
GITANAS NAUSEDA: All the best.
- Thank you.
- Go Lithuania!
- Thank you.
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