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Friday, May 06, 2005


'Unsanctioned' protesters arrested in Moscow

From Itar-Tass:

MOSCOW, May 4 (Itar-Tass) - Six activists of the Union of Rightwing Forces (SPS) and Yabloko parties have been detained in the Russian capital for an attempt to hold an unsanctioned protest rally at the Belarussian embassy, the city main police department told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.

A group of young people began the demonstration at 14:00 pm, Moscow time, unfolding placards with the demand to free Ukrainian and Belarussian citizens placed in a detention facility in Belarus for participation in the Chernobylsky Shlyakh (Chernobyl Path) action. There were 25-30 protesters participating in the rally.

“Police officers detained six participants in the action, they have been taken to the Basmanny district police precinct,” the police spokesman said. According to the official, “After making up administrative protocols and conducting a corresponding investigation they will be freed. They are facing fines for the organisation of the unsanctioned demonstration.”

It is not the first incident of the kind in Moscow. A similar action took place near the Belarussian embassy on April 28. Then police detained deputy chairman of Yabloko Sergei Mitrokhin and three his brothers-in-arms. They were freed after an administrative protocol was drawn up.

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