Anti-government protests in Ukraine

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By Euronews
Anti-government protests in Ukraine

Anti-government protesters in Kiev have begun to build a protest camp in front of Ukraine’s parliament building. Earlier over a thousand supporters of the opposition and the former Georgian President and Odessa governor Mikheil Saakashvili gathered in front of the Ukrainian parliament demanding President Petro Poroshenko resign. They also wanted electoral reforms, the creation of anti-corruption courts, and the abolition of parliamentary immunity.

Saakashvili addressed the crowd, referring to President Petro Poroshenko,
“There’s only one process and only one change that has happened. One person has usurped the whole judiciary into his hands. That’s why there is no fairness for Ukrainians. The courts work only for him, his business partners and his comrades. The same person has usurped the parliament.”

Poroshenko called the protest ‘an extremely important element of democracy’ adding that it was essential to ensure the peaceful nature of the rally. While this is how they began, far-right nationalists later joined the protesters, and there was a scuffle with riot police. This lead to one police officer getting injured and having to be carried away on a stretcher.