Disinfo: A hunger riot broke out near Odessa

Summary

In Ukraine riots break out because people are hungry and lash out in a violent public disturbance against authority, property or people, which is the definition of riots.

Disproof

Recurrent narrative undermining Ukraine, specifically about hunger riots.

In reality the port of Chernomorsk, near Odessa experiences economic difficulties and some employees of "Europian Agro Investment Ukraine", which rent the second terminal since 2018, haven't been paid since last October. About 100 people demonstrated peacefully, with protective masks and respecting social distancing. They blocked a street near the bus stop "railroad station" with signs expressing their will to receive their salaries and their company to be nationalised by the Ukrainian state. They warned that next time they could block a road with more traffic to make their demand more audible. The reportage of the media Dumskaya documents the event and shows that no violence was used.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 198
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: French
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Abandoned Ukraine, Ukrainian disintegration, Odessa, Economic difficulties

Disclaimer

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Disproof

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