A Russian McDonald’s fan today dramatically chained himself to a restaurant in Moscow in a desperate attempt to keep it from closing.
The man, allegedly Luka Safronov, was filmed just hours before his protest was staged fast food giant should shut doors across the country in response to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
McDonald’s, which employs 62,000 people in Russia, announced the temporary closure of 850 restaurants in Russia Earlier this week in response to the war.
Many fast food fans are devastated by the strike Meals now selling online in the country for up to £255.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, a furious Luka took to the streets and chained himself to the door of a restaurant to fight to the bitter end against its closure.
The footage shows the angry Russian screaming: “The closure is an act of hostility towards me and my fellow citizens!”
Hungry customers walk past him while they get their last fill in the restaurant.
Others can be heard laughing as crowds of onlookers gather and police close in, reports Financial Times journalist Max Seddon.
The no-nonsense cops can finally be seen dragging Luka away through the crowd, ending the protest.
In an open letter to employees, McDonald’s President and CEO Chris Kempckinski said closing his stores was the right thing to do for now.
He said: “As we move forward, McDonald’s will continue to assess the situation and determine if additional action is needed.
“At this stage it is impossible to predict when we will be able to reopen our restaurants in Russia.
“We are experiencing disruptions in our supply chain along with other operational impacts. We will also closely monitor the humanitarian situation.”
In protest against the war in Ukraine, some companies have now stopped their activities in Russia.
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Starbucks is suspending operations in 130 stores, while Pepsico Inc. announced the suspension of sales of Pepsi-Cola and global beverage brands in Russia, including 7up and Mirinda.
Anti-war demonstrations were also held across Russia this weekend to protest the Russian-led conflict.
Russian police on Sunday arrested more than 800 people for protesting Moscow’s “military operation” in Ukraine as the conflict drags on for a third week.
OVD-Info, which monitors arrests at protests, said police arrested 817 people at demonstrations in 37 cities in Russia.
An AFP journalist covering a protest in the capital Moscow witnessed at least a dozen arrests and said police would take away anyone without press credentials.
A young woman shouted “peace to the world” as she was being taken away by two police officers, the journalist said.
Some of the riot police have the letter “Z” in the colors of the Russian flag on their helmets, the AFP reporter said.
The letter, seen on Russian tanks and vehicles in Ukraine, has become a symbol of support for what Moscow calls its “military special operation.”
Law enforcement officials in Moscow said on Sunday evening they had arrested around 300 people in the center of the capital for public order violations.
In Russia’s second-largest city, Saint Petersburg, AFP saw several arrests, including a protester being dragged across the ground.
A number of large companies are suspending their services in Russia or withdrawing from the country
- American Express
- MC Donalds
- maternal care
- tick tock
- Victoria’s Secret
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/17935760/russian-mcdonalds-fan-chains-protest/ A Russian McDonald’s fan CHAINS himself to a restaurant to prevent it from closing as anti-war protests erupt across the country