"What happened today was a classic provocation. What exactly has occurred there? Our lawmakers told us that there were two offices that could be seized on the way to the parliament – the premises where the spouses of the detained officers had to establish the headquarters. We walked there and what do you think we saw? We saw a large number of the National Guard soldiers who instantly started engaging us. After that I climbed onto the car and said: people, fall back! We should not respond to the provocation," Saakashvili dwelled on the turmoil in downtown Kyiv.
"We brought our people to the Maidan. I said that it was the path of peace that we followed. They sought violence. We condemn any seizure of public buildings. Don’t you see that we haven’t been leaving the tents for two months? When millions come out to support us, these doors will be open for us. It is the game Poroshenko has engineered to portray all of this as a rally of two or three thousand fringes doing nothing but bashing doors and shattering windows," Saakashvili said.
The politician also mapped out his party policy: "The number of our supporters should grow increasingly in the coming weeks and months. We should lay bare their corruption. We need to talk with them. I indeed want to transparently negotiate their resignation."
As reported, Saakashvili supporters tried to seize premises of Kyiv-based Zhovtnevyi Palace to house the headquarters of the opposition forces’ coordination council on Dec. 17.
Saakashvili personally urged his supporters to go to the Zhovtnevyi Palace: "We are leaving for the Zhovtnevyi Palace to establish the headquarters of our coordination council there for us not to be chased in our tents at night. I’ll take the lead and we’ll go there together." Several clashes broke out after the police and National Guard did not let the protesters in and used tear gas against them. About 32 law enforcers were reportedly injured in clashes outside the Zhovtnevyi Palace.