The incident happened on Tuesday night, November 14. According to information, a number of media have assessed this as an act of vandalism with political overtones. However, as Moskal explained, it was a children’s prank.
"In fact, this is a common children’s prank, which has nothing to do with politics. The violators were found through the records of the surveillance camera. It turned out that there were six children (two girls and four boys) aged 10 to 15, residents of Uzhhorod from the so-called problem families, "Moskal said.
The children saw a thrown out working shirt on Petőfi Square and decided to put it on the monument "for fun’, as the head of the regional state administration explains. The law enforcers held a preventive conversation with the offenders and their parents. They apologized.
Sándor Petőfi is a Hungarian poet, one of the leaders of the revolution in Hungary (1848-1849). A monument to the poet in Uzhhorod is made of bronze. He stands in full growth, with a sword and in the uniform of a revolutionary.
As it was reported earlier, in Mariupol, local residents held a protest against the dismantling of the monument to Banderivtsi of World War II. Protesters criticized the dismantling of the monument and called it "an act of vandalism," and those who demolished it "fascists and banderivtsi".
The participants of the protest said that they were afraid of installing instead of the monument of memorial sign to Symon Petliura or the trade sites.
At the same time, those who supported the dismantling were also present at the protest.