Saakashvili announces march in Kyiv

12:12, 08 December 2017
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Leader of the Movement of New Forces Party, former governor of Odesa region and ex-president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili has announced a march downtown Kyiv on December 10 despite the fact that he fell ill.

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"I'll see you on December 10. At noon Kyiv time, let's meet in the Shevchenko Park and move towards the Maidan!" Saakashvili wrote on Facebook.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the Ukrainian security forces on December 6 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.

Protesters 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.

Read alsoSaakashvili to Poroshenko: "Has the experience taught you nothing?"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.

Later on December 6, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko's press secretary Larysa Sargan announced Saakashvili was suspected of committing crime under Part 1 of Article 15, Part 2 of Article 28, and Part 2 of Article 256 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

Operatives of the National Police and the SBU Security Service of Ukraine were tasked to conduct a manhunt operation.

Part 1 of Article 15 is an "attempted crime," Part 2 of Article 28 is "committing crime by a group of persons, a group of persons by prior agreement, an organized group or a criminal organization."

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