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Ex-governor’s supporters rally for impeachment in Kiev

December 03, 15:23 UTC+3 KIEV

The protesters gathered at about 13:00 Moscow time in a park to head for the central European Square

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Mikhail Saakashvili

Mikhail Saakashvili

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KIEV, December 3. /TASS/. More than 1,000 supporters of the Odessa Region’s former Governor Mikheil Saakashvili, who is also the leader of the Movement of New Forces, participate in a "march for impeachment" in central Kiev on Sunday.

TASS correspondent reports from the site, the protesters gathered at about 13:00 Moscow time in a park to head for the central European Square.

The opposing politician leads the protesters along the boulevard, which the police had blocked from traffic. The people are chanting: "Impeachment," "No to corruption, No to Poroshenko," "Impeachment instead of revolution," "Kiev, stand up!"

Two weeks earlier, Saakashvili said: "December 3 will be the beginning of ‘popular impeachment.’ Before December 3, we will continue to do what we have started to do." "December 3 is Day X for all of us. Let us get organized. I will be travelling across the country to raise people peacefully." Apart from that, Saakashvili said he is ready to come at the head of Ukraine’s new government, if need be. "Ukraine urgently needs new authorities, a new government. We must form that government together. I am ready to do it together with you," he said. "I am ready to take the leadership of this process with you, I am ready to come at the head of this government, if need be."

Since October 17, protesters have camped outside the Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, demanding the adoption of laws on stripping MPs of immunity, setting up an anti-corruption tribunal, amending the election legislation, and the law on impeaching the president.

On October 20, Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko said that the real goal of the organizers of protests is to destabilize the situation in Ukraine. Furthermore, according to Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko, Saakashvili and his supporters are plotting a state coup and receive financing from abroad.

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