MOSCOW – Former President of Georgia, which has been become Ukraine's main political opposition, he said on Wednesday he would not surrender to the authorities after prosecutors issued an ultimatum.
Authorities tried to arrest Mikheil Saakashvili at his home in the capital, Kiev, on Tuesday, but escaped with the support of supporters. Saakashvili and his sponsors camped out of parliament, demanding the resignation of the Ukrainian president. Prosecutors gave him 24 hours to turn himself in.
Saakashvili addressed the crowd outside parliament, called the Verkhovna Rada, on Wednesday, saying that prosecutors are welcome to see him there, but he will not surrender.
Police Officers and prosecutors went to the tent camp early in the morning to search for Saakashvili, but met with resistance from protesters, Kiev police said in a statement Wednesday. Two protesters and 11 police officers were injured in a skirmish, police said.
There were around 100 protesters outside the Verkhovna Rada on Wednesday morning.
The arrest of Saakashvili, now an anti-corruption crusader at his adoptive home and arguably the most popular opposition politician in the country, has raised fears that Ukraine may face its most acute political crisis since the revolution of 2014.  Saakashvili has gained great popularity in Ukraine with its fiery campaign against official corruption, mounting a wave of public frustration over the inability of President Petro Poroshenko to uproot the endemic engraftment. He has organized a series of rallies calling for the resignation of the president, but they have not produced any visible impact.
Attorney General Yuri Lutsenko claimed on television that his office has evidence that Saakashvili's representative received $ 500,000 from Ukrainian businessmen who have ties to Russia to fund the protests.
Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material can not be published, transmitted, rewritten or redistributed.