Political parties battle it out ‘Star Wars-style in Ukraine, Chewbacca arrested on Election Day
Talk about good publicity for your candidate on Election Day!
The instantly recognizable Chewbacca character from Star Wars was campaigning at a political rally for mayoral candidate Darth Vader.
Yes, really — in Odessa, Ukraine. It gets even more bizarre.
Police arrested The Wookiee warrior for campaigning on Election Day, which is banned under Ukrainian laws. According to the Daily Mail, Chewie was also accused of failing to present his passport and appeared to be trying to resist arrest.
He was hauled away from the polling station by police and later appeared in court to face a $7.50 fine — for not producing his documents to the authorities.
But he declined to pay saying, his ‘funds are in an intergalactic bank that has no branches on this planet’.
The following statement was posted on the official Instagram account of the Ukrainian police: “The Sith Lord has already claimed this was illegal as Chewbacca is his pet and general servant and thus does not require documents.”
For a number of years now, Darth Vader — well, a man dressed as Darth Vader — has been campaigning on behalf of something called the Internet Party of Ukraine. The political party complained that the name of their candidate Darth Vader did not appear on the ballot papers and have accused the Ukrainian government of fraud.
One of the Internet Party’s goals is to make Ukrainian politics more transparent. Vader has made quite a bit of progress already with his own statue in Odessa. It’s been replacing the one of Vladimir Lenin, which is set to be taken down under a law that bans references to Ukraine’s communist past.
Warehouse manager Semyon Horbunov, on whose land the statue sits, said “New heroes replace old ones, and this is how the world goes round.”
The Star Wars villain’s iconic black helmet, now at the top of the statue, apparently emits free Wi-Fi to all passers-by.
One local political observer summed it up quite nicely on Twitter, saying: “Ukraine: never boring.”