Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Police quell anti-Kremlin march

Dozens of protesters clubbed, detained in St. Petersburg

Sunday, March 04, 2007
Dmitry Lovetsky

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Police clubbed protesters and dragged them into waiting buses yesterday in response to a defiant demonstration against the Kremlin in the heart of President Vladimir Putin’s hometown.

Several thousand members of liberal and leftist groups chanted "Shame!" as they marched down St. Petersburg’s main avenue to protest what they said was Russia’s rollback from democracy. The demonstration, called the March of Those Who Disagree, was a rare gathering of the country’s often fractious opposition.

It was at least the third time police have moved in to break up an anti-Kremlin demonstration in recent months. More.....

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