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Journalist of Delo.ua was harmed by the gas used by police against Saakashvili supporters

On December 5, the correspondent of online media outlet Delo.ua Natalia Miniaylo was harmed by has used by police against Milkeil Saakashvili supporters. The journalist reported this to IMI.

According to her, the incident took place at Triokhsviatytelska, where she was conducting video recording of the events.

The journalist said that the gas was used against the Saakashvili supporters, not against her. She inhaled the gas vapors and was her throat was burned.

For the context, on December 5, the Security Service of Ukraine, in cooperation with the General Prosecutor’s office, detained the leader of “Rukh Novykh Syl” (“New Forces Movement”), Mikheil Saakashvili in his apartment at 7 Kostiolna street, in the center of Kyiv city. He was detained under the criminal case opened based on part 1, article 256 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine – “Supporting participants of criminal organizations and cover-up of their criminal activities”.

Yet the vehicle of the law-enforcement officers where Saakashvili was taken, was blocked by Saakashvili supporters, who started building barricades nearby. Police used tear gas against them, Radio liberty correspondent reports from the site.

In the clashes between the law enforcement officers and Saakashvili supporters in the center of Kyiv, several people were injured, according to the information of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Radio Liberty reports.

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