Saakashvili calls for a massive March 18 mobilization after clashes with police

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Former Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili called on his supporters to mobilize for an all-Ukrainian mobilization on March 18th, demanding the resignation of President Petro Poroshenko, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, and Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko, for their dispersal of the tent camp near the Verkhovna Rada.

According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, on Saturday morning (toda, March 3rd), policemen came to the tent encampment of protesters in front of the Rada to search them, but protesters resisted, and clashes took place. Police reported the detention of more than 100 protesters and 10 injured on both sides, but later the Ministry of Internal Affairs said that seven police officers were injured.

Now the situation is calm with the Rada, the public utilities dismantle the tent city. At the same time, the organizers of the action reported 11 injured activists and 131 detainees, whom the police are already releasing.

“I propose on the 18th to mobilize an all-Ukrainian peace march demanding the resignation of Poroshenko, Avakov, Lutsenko and the immediate holding of new elections, we will have two weeks to prepare well and not fail.

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A calm, but powerful people’s power movement will push the oligarchy and its elitist clique from power, put an end to the theft and finally give Ukraine the opportunity to develop,

Saakashvili wrote these on Facebook after today’s clashes and detentions of participants in the tent camp near the Rada. The camp of supporters of the ex-president of Georgia, former governor of the Odessa region Mikhail Saakashvili, who was previously deprived of Ukrainian citizenship and expelled to Poland, was defeated near the Rada building last year.

Saakashvili organized actions in Kiev, collecting his supporters with them, and during these actions clashes with the police repeatedly occurred.


from Rusvensa, translated by J.Flores
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