Mr Mikhail Saakasvilli has double nationality. He is both Georgian and Ukrainian. From 2004 till 2013 he acted as President of Georgia and rose to worldwide fame when Russia invaded Georgia in 2008 and he sent his army to fight them.
In the European film about that event, called ‘Five days of War’, he was played by Andy Garcia.
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As from 2014, Mr Saakasvilli has left Georgian politics to re-enter his ‘second‘ home country Ukraine where he was governor of the Odessa province from May 2015 till November 2016. As from 2017, he has started to focus on a new role. Leader of the opposition in Ukraine.
President Poroshenko realized very well the danger Mr Saakasvilli poses, and had him therefore stripped of his Ukrainian citizenship, making him in essence a stateless person.
Since this week, he has been able to convince his followers to rise up against a never-ending stream of corruption in Ukraine. For this reason, a large group of several thousands of protesters set up camp (complete with tents, food stalls and a hospital) in central Kiev, not far from the famous Maidan square, territory of the revolution of 2014.
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"It is time for them to hear us," Mikhail Saakasvilli told the crowds, as they started fighting with riot police soon (Three protesters and one police officer were injured during the clashes).
Mr Saakasvilli claims that Mr Poroshenko should resign if he fails to meet the protesters’ demands, which are calling for lawmakers protection to be stripped so they can be prosecuted for corruption.
<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The scene outside Ukraine's parliament this evening. Tents being put up. Police watching on. <a href="https://t.co/u3V8n7rX2O">pic.twitter.com/u3V8n7rX2O</a></p>— Jonah Fisher (@JonahFisherBBC) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonahFisherBBC/status/920311732874174465?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 17, 2017</a></blockquote>
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The former Georgian President continued: “As long as Poroshenko is in power, there will be progress and no fight against corruption, and there will be poverty, humiliation and emigration. Four years after the EuroMaidan the truth should finally prevail over lies – that is, we should triumph over Poroshenko.”
Already the internationally gathered press wonders whether there could be a new Maidan protest in the making.