"I appeal to Poroshenko: Why do you need these provocations? Do not attack or force people into fighting back! This is a peaceful rally! Has the experience taught you nothing?" Saakashvili wrote on Facebook on December 6.
As UNIAN reported earlier, early on December 6, the security forces attempted to storm Saakashvili supporters' tent camp in Kyiv's Mariyinsky Park, which is close to the Verkhovna Rada's building. There were about a hundred law enforcers.
Read alsoManhunt announced: Saakashvili wanted under three Criminal Code articlesProtesters began to defend themselves, using firecrackers. The police resorted to tear gas and piled the fence. In response, people began to beat them with wooden and metal bars, and the law enforcers had to retreat.
Later, the police said they had chosen the assault because they were carrying out an operation to search for Saakashvili, who is on the wanted list.
The law enforcers also claimed activists had attempted to provoke them during the operation.
None of the protesters has been detained, the police said.
About 10 people were reportedly injured as a result of clashes between the police and the protesters.