“Don’t you raise your voice at me, or you’ll be taken away!”–or how Poroshenko finally lost it.

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3/19/2015

Poroshenko yells at laid off Borispol workers

Translated from Russian at J.Hawk

Ukraine’s president Poroshenko made threats against the
about to be laid off Borispol airport workers. He yelled at the assembled
workers, then said that if they raise their voice against him, “they’ll be
taken away.”

At first Poroshenko issued an emotion-laden explanation of
the reasons behind layoffs. He said that they are not illegal, and that if the
airport workers believe they were laid off unlawfully, they can turn to the
courts. Courts whose impartiality will be ensured by…Poroshenko himself.

“Right now the government is economizing. Yanukovych cost
the state 1.5 billion hryvnya per month. Now we are spending only 800 million
on the president—we are making cutbacks. The presidential administration was
cut by 40%. Today, when there’s a war on, nobody will be supported by the
government budget. That’s why there are cuts. In full accordance with the law.”

Poroshenko also exhorted the laid-off workers to “earn money.”

These words caused an even greater upset in the crowd. In
order to calm down the protesters, the Poroshenko sternly warned: “Don’t you
raise your voice at me, or you’ll be taken away.”

J.Hawk’s Comment: What that last phrase means is anyone’s
guess. In this day and age, it could mean imprisonment or even death. However,
Poroshenko is clearly losing it. He’s not used to people questioning him, he
can’t conceive of the Maidan project he conceived and funded backfiring on him
(think of the investment!), yet the situation is slipping out of his control so
he is lashing out.


Incidentally, do watch the video. Poroshenko’s hand gestures
are a wonder to behold. That’s quite an exercise in finger-wagging! 

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