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UNM Rallies in Support of Mikheil Saakashvili

10 December 2017

But the protests are spearheaded by former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili, a man of preternatural energy and self-assurance who has already overthrown one regime. The development is the latest twist in a long feud between Ukrainian authorities and Saakashvili, who has turned on his one-time patron President Petro Poroshenko, accusing him of corruption and calling for his removal from office. "From the very beginning they refused to register my party, then stripped me of my citizenship, then lied".

Saakashvili was first arrested on Tuesday during a raid on his apartment.

He was later freed from police custody by a crowd of his supporters.

Protesters defended the camp, which was set up in September, leading to clashes in which four policemen and an unknown number of civilians were wounded, Kiev police said in a statement.

"Prosecutors will ask the court to put the detained Saakashvili under house arrest and have him wear an electronic bracelet as a preventative measure", spokeswoman Larisa Sargan said on Facebook.

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Two protesters and 11 officers were injured in Wednesday's scuffles in Kiev, police said.

Ukraine's parliament bowed yesterday to pressure from its Western lenders and delayed voting on legislation giving it the power to remove heads of the country's nascent anti-corruption agency. Saakashvili denies the allegations against him.

Saakashvili has won broad popularity in Ukraine with his fiery campaign against official corruption, riding a wave of public frustration over Poroshenko's failure to uproot endemic graft.

Poroshenko named Saakashvili as governor of the Odessa region in 2015, but he stepped down the following year after falling out with the president.

UNM Rallies in Support of Mikheil Saakashvili