Supporters of the former governor of the Odessa region and leader of the Movement of New Forces party, Mikheil Saakashvili, smashed the shop-window of the Roshen confectionery store near the "investigation isolation facility” (SIZO) of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) in Kyiv, where the politician is being detained, as reported by RBC-Ukraine.
Roshen is owned by the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, but it has been transferred to the management of the Rothschild Trust.
In Kyiv, there was a rally held by Saakashvili’s supporters on December 10th. The People's deputy Victor Chumak stated during his speech that he hadn’t seen such a crowded rally since the second Maidan (Revolution) in 2014. According to him, about 15,000 people came to the square.
A supporter of the former head of the Odessa region, David Sakvarelidze, suggested everyone to go to the SIZO where Saakashvili is being held. Some of the activists came to the facility, which is located in Askold Lane, which by that time was already well guarded. Participants began to chant slogans.
Mikheil Saakashvili was detained in Kyiv on December 8th. The Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Yuriy Lutsenko, has reported that there will be an appeal filed with the court as a preventive measure for the politician. Saakashvili's lawyer stated that after the politician was detained, he declared an indefinite hunger strike.
Earlier, on December 5th, Ukrainian law enforcement searched Saakashvili's apartment in Kyiv as part of a case initiated by the Prosecutor General's Office, alleging that Saakashvili received money from former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's supporters to prepare a coup. The former governor of the Odessa region has stated that this accusation is "an insolent lie."
A criminal case was filed against Saakashvili according to Part 1 of Article 15 (planning a crime), Part 2 of Article 28 (collusion), Part 2 of Article 256 (official’s assistance to participants of criminal organizations and concealment of their criminal activities) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.