Thursday, October 29, 2015

Chewbacca Busted in Ukraine

Chewbacca Arrested During Ukraine Elections
Video has been released of the moment Chewbacca was arrested in Ukraine for unlawfully canvassing for the country's Internet Party.

The Wookiee was stopped by police on Sunday while driving Darth Vader to a polling station in Odessa where the pair were campaigning for Vader in the mayoral elections.

Ukraine's local election law forbids candidates from canvassing on the day of voting and Chewbacca was taken into custody after failing to show police his ID.

It took four officers to restrain and handcuff the space pilot after he resisted arrest and he was later fined 170 hryvnia (£4.87) despite protests from Lord Vader.

After being released Chewie said he could not pay the fine because his money is tied up in an intergalactic bank that does not have a branch on Earth.

And it's only sort of a joke
Bitter old rivalries from the Star Wars universe apparently don't apply when it comes to the political strategies of Ukraine's Internet Party.

Darth Sidious, aka Emperor Palpatine, was reportedly just elected to a seat on the city council of Odessa, Ukraine's fourth largest city. And not even the arrest of Chewbacca on Election Day could stop it.

Bizarre as it sounds, this is all nonfiction. Videos from multiple angles like the one below have been popping up online in the last 24 hours of someone in a full Chewbacca costume being arrested for violating a law in Ukraine that forbids campaigning on Election Day. Who was the Wookiee campaigning for? Darth Vader, of course.

Ukraine's Internet Party has been adding a bit of levity and subtle satire to the country's tense politics for a few years now. While the party, which has claimed at least 11 million members, has had little electoral success until now, it actually has a rather serious platform centered on its call to implement an electronic government.
One would think they had more important things to worry about in Ukraine.

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