George Clooney sent a message of support to Ukrainian demonstrators protesting their government’s decision to not align closer with the European Union via a 65-second YouTube clip.
In the brief cell phone video, released on boxing brothers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko’s YouTube page, the “Gravity” actor expressed his affinity for those who desire democracy. He also slammed the current incarnation of the government for taking political prisoners — including former prime minister Yulia Timoshenko — simply because their ideals differ.
“We have learned through trial and error that true democracy cannot exist without a free and fair and honest election,” Clooney said in the clip.
He added, “So let me just say this to all of you in the square of Kiev, or all around Ukraine: When you look to the West, know that we are looking back at you with great admiration.”
“We wish you a peaceful and safe mission,” the two-time Oscar winner concluded. “We wish you the government that you want, and we wish you the strength to carry on. Good luck.”
Vitali Klitschko, the current WBC heavyweight champion, is also the leader of the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform, a political group that boasts an anti-corruption, pro-European platform.
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