December 5, 2017 / 11:54 AM / a year ago

Saakashvili supporters free him from police van after detention in Kiev

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian supporters of former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili freed him from a police van on Tuesday, after his detention sparked clashes with police in central Kiev, television pictures showed.

“I urge you to start a peaceful protest to remove (President Petro) Poroshenko, you should not be afraid of anything,” Saakashvili told a crowd through a loudspeaker after he was hauled out of the vehicle despite resistance from police in riot gear.

Reporting by Natalia Zinets; Writing by Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Catherine Evans

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