Friday, April 1, 2011

More than 150 arrested in Moscow and St. Petersburg

More than one hundred and fifty protesters were arrested Thursday by police in Moscow and St. Petersburg, the second largest city, for participating in unauthorized rallies in defense of Article 31 of the Constitution of Russia, who endorses freedom meeting. "According to recent data (in Moscow) have been arrested 54 people," he told the Interfax news agency Moscow police spokesman, Viktor Biryukov.

The police representative indicated that among those arrested was the writer and opposition leader Eduard Limonov, caller Strategy 31, which is convened every day 31 in the same place and same time, with or without permission from the authorities a rally in defense of freedom of assembly.

Witnesses quoted by Russian news agencies, Limonov was arrested even before you reach the square Triunfálnaya, the traditional venue, cordoned off by riot police and troops since early morning. St. Petersburg Police sources said more than 100 people were arrested for participating in an opposition demonstration convened under the auspices of the Strategy 31 that did not have the permission of the Town Hall.

Among those detained in the former Russian imperial capital is former Russian Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov, a leader of the opposition movement Solidarnost (Solidarity)

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