Donning a long black cloak and a plastic light sabre, a man disguised as Darth Vader clambered up the stone steps leading to the city hall of the Ukrainian port city of Odessa. Irked by news that Odessa’s mayor had redistributed public land for private use, the “Star Wars” villain had come to claim a piece of it as his own.
Darth Vader’s visit to Odessa’s city hall on November 14 came on the heels of a decision by local officials to break up a slice of public land along the seacoast, and redistribute it to a handful of private owners – free of cost.
Citing a Ukrainian law
that reportedly grants all citizens the right to own 1,000 square metres, the man in the Darth Vader costume protested the city’s move by demanding Odessa’s Mayor Aleksey Kostusyev also allot him a parcel of land to use as a landing site for his space cruiser.
Security guards at the entrance of the city hall couldn’t help but crack a smile as the Dark Lord of Sith explained that the mayor’s office would be sure to comply with his request, as it clearly also belonged to the Dark Side. Not all were amused, however – Russian media reported that at least one employee fainted
at the sight of Vader’s approach.
Staff at Odessa’s city hall eventually filed Vader’s petition for free land, but the damage had already been done. A video of the Dark Lord’s stunt quickly went viral on the Internet, prompting local officials to issue a formal response saying that their decision to dole out parcels of public land for private was a mistake. Yet the story refused to die, forcing Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich to promise he would investigate
Darth Vader visits Odessa’s city hall to demand a plot of land as a landing site for his space cruiser.