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Disorder, disorder… MPs in dust-up over ‘land grab’ bill

Rough and tumble: Ugly scenes as a politician is blocked from the podium in the Ukraine parliament yesterday PICTURE: EPA

A BRAWL broke out in the Ukraine parliament yesterday over a controversial land bill.

Rival politicians were pulled apart and the voting session had to be suspended. Tempers flared in Kiev as MPs considered reforms that critics argue could see land, considered among the richest in Europe, sold off to foreign investors.

Protests: Demonstrators wait outside PICTURE: AFP

Demonstrations also took place outside. Sale of land had been suspended for 20 years.

Andriy Dykun, chairman of the Ukrainian Agrarian Council, said the process should start with land offered first to individuals.