100 detained as police, protesters clash in Kiev

The Associated Press

Riot police detain a protester as they assault a tent camp installed by activists of the Movement of New Forces, the political party led by Mikheil Saakashvili, in Kiev, on Saturday.

The Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Ukrainian police and demonstrators at a tent camp clashed Saturday morning outside the parliament building in Kiev. Police said more than 100 people were detained and that explosives were found at the camp.

The Interfax news agency quoted a top police official, Andrey Kryshchenko, saying six protesters sought medical help after the clash and four officers were injured.

The clash occurred when police arrived for an investigation related to a conflict Tuesday in which 15 police officers were hurt, Kryshchenko said.

Police said nine hand grenades were discovered during a search of the camp, as well as firebombs. Many of the tents were dismantled and taken away by city workers, Interfax said.

The tent camp was set up in October by supporters of Mikheil Saakashvili, the former Georgian president who became a prominent opposition figure in Ukraine. Saakashvili was deported from Ukraine on Feb. 12.

The protesters are demanding the establishment of a national anticorruption court and the ouster of President Petro Poroshenko.

“From the first day of the Saakashvili demonstration, I, as general prosecutor, spoke of the guarantee of peaceful protest,” Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko posted on Facebook. But to turn the tent village ... into a hoard of extremists, weapons and explosives is taboo.”Speech

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