UKRAINIAN politician Vitaly Zhuravsky has emerged unhurt but shaken after a group of protesters dumped him in a rubbish bin outside the parliament building in Kiev.
Footage of the incident shows mob mentality in action, with protesters abusing the MP before throwing him in a rubbish bin and tossing a briefcase and tire in after him.
One of the protesters holds the MP’s head down, preventing him from escaping, and another pours a drink over him.
Eventually order was restored and Mr Zhuravsky was led away to safety by police.
The incident happened after Ukrainian lawmakers granted self-rule to the east of the country and offered amnesty to fighters. That plan has been designed to halt the bloody five-month conflict that has devastated the country, but is unpopular with some Ukrainians who say it appeases the aggressors.
The parliament in Kiev also ratified a landmark EU pact that has been hailed as Ukraine’s first step towards membership of the 28-nation bloc.
Outside parliament, riot police fired tear gas on about 200 demonstrators demanding the adoption of a law aimed at purging government officials accused of corruption or links to the old pro-Kremlin regime.
Sky News reported that Mr Zhuravsky had been a member of former President Viktor Yanukovych’s Party of the Regions. Mr Yanukovych was ousted in February after he rejected the EU pact, leading to widespread protests throughout the country.
Mr Zhuravsky has been unpopular with voters after he proposed a crackdown on anti-government legislators in January, Sky reported.