Ex-governor of Odesa region and the former Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashili commented on today’s action of his followers in the downtown Kyiv. According to him, they did not intend to capture the Zhovtnevy Palace, which is what the police charged them with.
Saakashvili accused the law enforcers in provocations that they allegedly went for against himself and his supporters.
‘They are trying to provoke us into violence. We got a word that we can stay at Zhovtnevy Palace, create a temporary coordination centre and rent two rooms there. However, when we approached the Palace, the administration did not host us; instead, we faced a lot of National Guard fighters who provoked violence, fights, as well as the use of gas and stun grenades, It could turn into a bloodshed and the very real beginning of the domestic conflict,’ Saakashvili said.
It remains unclear, where the politician would take the money fore rent of the rooms he mentioned; during his public speech earler today, he said he ‘had no money’.
As the fights between Mikheil Saakashvili’s supporters and the police in the downtown Ukrainian capital are over, the police have opened a criminal case about the attempt to capture Zhovtnevy Palace in Kyiv. Vyacheslav Abroskin, the Deputy Head of the National Police of Ukraine posted this on Facebook.
‘All those involved in the attempt to capture the building will be identified. The guilty ones will be brought to responsibility,’ he wrote.
As 112 International reported, Saakashvili and his followers held a rally in the city centre on Sunday; later, they headed to Zhovtnevy palace and tried to get inside. The law enforcers blocked the entrance; a fight occurred, with dozens of policemen breathing in some sort of tear gas. The law enforcers also used tear gas to repel some of the aggressors.