Ukraine protests: Arnold Schwarzenegger shows his support for demonstrators in YouTube message posted by Klitschko
The Austrian actor recorded a video message for demonstrators in the country which was posted via the opposition leader's YouTube account
Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared his support for protestors in the Ukraine.
Scroll down to watch the video
The Austrian actor recorded a video message for demonstrators in the country, which was posted by heavyweight boxer – and Ukrainian opposition leader – Vitali Klitschko via the YouTube account he shares with his brother Vladimir Klitschko.
During the clip, the former Governor of California wishes the fighters “all the best of luck in their peaceful struggle for democracy and freedom”. He ends his address by flashing a peace sign at the camera.
The video has racked up views of over 1.3million since it was first uploaded on Friday.
It marks the latest in a string of celebrity supporters for the protest movement in the country. Other stars who have shown their support include George Clooney and producer Quincy Jones.
Vitali Klitschko was recently offered the role of deputy prime minister by the Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, who believes his appointment could help to end the growing unrest in the country.
At least four are thought to have died in violent street clashes between police and opposition supporters.
The demonstrations were initially sparked by the government’s dramatic U-turn decision to pull out of a treaty with the EU which would have bought them closer to the Union.
Tensions boiled over and erupted in violence after Yanukovych introduced new anti-protest laws designed to end the demonstrations, which banned demonstrations from taking place without the government’s permission, protestors from wearing masks and convoys of more than five cars taking to the road at any time.
Those who disobeyed the laws were threatened with up to ten years in prison.
See Arnold Schwarzenegger's message to Ukrainian demonstrators below:
- 1 Benedict Cumberbatch says Hollywood is better for black British actors
- 2 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
Rowan Atkinson to sell £10 million McLaren 'supercar' he crashed into a tree and a lamppost
UK weather: Snow to fall in the coming week with sub-zero temperatures to last until early February
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
US blames Russia after rocket attacks in Ukraine kill at least 30
Warriors in ancient Iraq suffered Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder more than 3,000 years ago, say researchers
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
George Galloway condemns 'racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag' Charlie Hebdo at freedom of speech rally
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
£6240 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Apprentices are required to join a privat...
£40000 per annum: Sauce Recruitment: This is an exciting opportunity for a HR...
£35000 - £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A well-established organisation oper...
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our Client has been the leader ...