Saakashvili’s supporters tried to seize October Palace in Kiev

KYIV, 17 Dec — RIA Novosti. Supporters of the former President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili tried to seize the building of the Oktyabrsky Palace in Central Kiev, the correspondent of RIA Novosti.

Video stream from the page of Mikhail Saakashvili in Facebook

The activists broke the front door and, overcoming the resistance of the national guard, who barricaded themselves inside, entered the building. Law enforcement officers used fire extinguishers. The protesters withdrew from the Palace a few national guardsmen, white powder from the fire extinguishers.

During the assault he heard three strong cotton, as from the rupture of firecracker. Injured 32 security officers and demonstrators, which got the powder from the extinguishers.

On the fact of attempt of capture of the October Palace, police opened a criminal case. Ukrainian MP Anton Gerashchenko on his page in Facebook wrote that in the building at the time of the assault there was a Christmas party, which was attended by hundreds of children.

According to the Metropolitan posters, Sunday October Palace should be held two performances by the jazz band “The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra”.

Supporters of Saakashvili shortly after the storm at the call of policy began to emerge from the October Palace to return to the Maidan Nezalezhnosti.

Saakashvili himself said that did not plan to seize October Palace and accused the government of provocation.

“They (militiamen — approx. ed.) specifically did violence to discredit our movement,” — said the politician.

According to Saakashvili, he planned only to spend in one of the rooms in the October Palace “for the military wives of political prisoners”.