13:10 13.02.2009

Kyiv mayor makes a declaration of love to Kyiv's people, sings two songs in protest against corruption

Kyiv Mayor Leonid Chernovetsky has made a declaration of love to Kyiv's people and sang two songs during a protest against corruption.

"I am giving my burning heart to you. It is burning for you to live better," he told the thousands who gathered to protest near the building of the city administration on Friday.

"It is necessary to live so that everybody does not need [anything]. Helping people is the most important thing, for the sake of which we've come to this world," Chernovetsky said.

He also said that the protest had gathered "those who don't want any new orders" and added that "they want to continue giving and taking bribes."

"Do you love me? And my wife? She is the most beautiful one! And God, Jesus Christ? Do you love my Oles [Kyiv council secretary Oles Dovhy]? Do you give bribes?" Chernovetsky said.

The mayor's wife, Alina Aivazova, along with their daughter Kristina and son Stepan, stood beside Chernovetsky during his address.

After singing a song, entitled "My Sweet," he said goodbye to everybody and left, but within ten minutes, he returned, this time only in a white shirt, and shared his recollections about his grandfather.

"The communists, members of the Komsomol [the Communist Union of Youth], buried my grandfather Stepan Honcharov alive in Siberia in 1926, because he had not given them his last grain of wheat. These were the difficult times. And he, I do not even know where he was buried, was singing a song before his death," Chernovetsky said.

The mayor then sang another song, entitled "A Pair of Bay Horses," to his supporters.

"I love all of you very much. Tell me at last that you love me!" Chernovetsky said, demanding a loud and friendly answer to his question.

Then, he made his way to the city administration's building.

Several deputies of the mayor then spoke to the crowd, as well as a number of protesters who wanted to express their views.

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