Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili gestures while speaking to his supporters as they camp out outside parliament demanding the resignation of the Ukrainian president, in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
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Dozens of Ukrainian police in riot gear raided a protest camp outside parliament on Wednesday in a failed attempt to detain former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili, who was freed from custody by supporters a day earlier.Saakashvili was granted Ukrainian citizenship and invited by President Petro Poroshenko to become governor of the Odessa region after the "Maidan" protests ousted a pro-Russian president in early 2014, but the two later fell out.Poroshenko's office said prosecutors have evidence to back up the claims against Saakashvili, whom they accuse of receiving financing from criminals linked to former president Viktor Yanukovich who planned to overthrow the current government.Saakashvili was stripped of his Ukrainian citizenship by Poroshenko in July while abroad and is now stateless.
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