Activists attacked the screening of ‘Ukraine on Fire’, produced by Oliver Stone, in Germany
Pro-Ukrainian activists in Leipzig, Germany, interrupted the screening of a film about the 2014 Maidan coup, police said on Friday. A group showed up Thursday night for a screening of “Ukraine on Fire,” a 2016 documentary produced by Oliver Stone, and got into a run-in with the organizers.
The screening of the documentary was part of the globaLE film festival, which runs from July 27 to November 1. The open-air festival presents works critical of globalization. “Ukraine on Fire,” produced by Stone and directed by Ukrainian filmmaker Igor Lopatonok, takes a critical look at the 2014 kyiv protests that culminated in the violent overthrow of Ukraine’s elected government.
German-Ukrainian artist group Ostov Collective showed up for the screening on Thursday night, calling the documentary pro-Russian.
According to initial police reports, six people disrupted the screening by banging drums and trying to wrest the microphone from the organizer’s hands. The resulting scuffle required police intervention to break up and delayed the screening by several minutes.
Activists from the Ostov collective told German media that they were the victims, in fact, after an organizer punched one of them in the face.
A Leipzig police spokesman said no injuries were reported and authorities were investigating the activist group for attempted bodily harm, according to Der Spiegel.
Lopatonok’s documentary takes an in-depth look at the protests that began in November 2013 and culminated in the violent coup that toppled President Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014, sparking civil war in Ukraine and a referendum in Crimea to join the Russia. In the official narrative of the US-backed government in Kyiv, the Maidan was a peaceful city “dignity revolution” by pro-Western Democrats.
Western governments denounced “Ukraine on fire”, as did the Leipzig city council before the screening. It was removed from YouTube in March this year, apparently for featuring “violent or graphic content.”
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