The government, for its part, has kept up the pressure. Officials have seized and deported a number of Saakashvili’s supporters back to Georgia.Saakashvili has also said that he is ready to form a new government, despite previous assurances that he was not interested in a position of power in Ukraine. Also On POLITICO Ex-Georgian president Saakashvili arrested in Ukraine By Judith Mischke Ex-Georgian President Saakashvili applies for asylum in Ukraine By Judith Mischke When the security forces first arrived, Saakashvili fled to the roof and addressed the protesters. “[President Petro] Poroshenko is a thief and traitor to the Ukrainian people,” he declared.The raid was carried out in conjunction with the general prosecutor’s office and Saakashvili was detained for “assisting members of a criminal organization and covering up their criminal activities,” according to a statement from Ukraine’s security service.Saakashvili arrived in Ukraine following the country’s 2014 pro-Western revolution. Poroshenko, a friend from Saakashvili’s student days in Ukraine in the late 1980s, appointed him governor of the southern Odessa region.But the two men fell out, and Saakashvili resigned from his post last year, accusing Poroshenko of corruption and blocking reforms. In July, Poroshenko stripped Saakashvili of the Ukrainian citizenship he received on becoming governor, opening up the possibility of Saakashvili’s deportation back to Georgia, where he was wanted on charges of abuse of power.Saakashvili was in the United States at the time of the announcement. He re-entered Ukraine by storming across the border with dozens of his supporters.Recently, Saakashvili launched his own political party, and his followers have erected a tent camp outside Ukraine’s parliament in an ongoing anti-government protest. On Sunday, thousands marched through central Kiev demanding Poroshenko’s impeachment. KIEV — Masked members of Ukraine’s security services arrested Mikheil Saakashvili, the former Georgian president and now Ukrainian opposition figure, in an early morning raid Tuesday. However, his supporters managed to free him from a police van before he could be taken away.The raid on his apartment unleashed chaotic scenes, as throngs of Saakashvili’s supporters rushed to the apartment block, next to the capital’s central Independence Square, clashing with police. Some of his supporters broke the glass in the police van and hauled out Saakashvili, who was still wearing handcuffs. From there, they marched through downtown Kiev to the parliament.“Shame!” and “Revolution!” they shouted.