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Duma to consider United Russia, Opposition's resolutions on May 6 rally in Moscow

May 15, 2012, 13:20 UTC+3
The draft resolution by United Russia calls for "holding responsible the provocateurs of mass disturbances in Moscow on May 6"
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MOSCOW, May 15 (Itar-Tass) — The State Duma lower house of the Russian parliament on Tuesday will consider two draft resolutions on the May 6 rally in Moscow. One is submitted by the pro-Kremlin United Russia and the other by the Opposition.

The author of the Opposition's resolution is deputy head of A Jut Russia faction Gennady Gudkov. It notes mass violations of Russian citizens' rights in the period from May 6 through May 9, 2012 and demands that the Prosecutor General's Office investigate the violations of citizens rights' by police and take the measures envisioned by the law.

The document regrets that "as a result of the provocation committed by a group of unidentified persons, the public events were overshadowed by clashes with law-enforcers."

"The provocateurs reached their goal: the rally was, in effect, foiled; there were injuries on both sides during the disturbances," it said.

Lawmakers offered the house to denounce "the actions by provocateurs, aimed at undermining and compromising the peaceful protest actions," and demanded "an objective and fair probe into illegitimate actions by certain persons who grossly violated the Russian legislation."

The draft resolution by United Russia calls for "holding responsible the provocateurs of mass disturbances in Moscow on May 6."

According to United Russia, the Opposition "grossly violated the terms, failed to comply with the requirements of the legislation for March, and performed other actions to disrupt the public order; there were attacks on police and calls for mass disturbances.” Masked persons hiding themselves behind citizens, acted not just aggressively, they attacked law-enforcement personnel," it said.

"It was only the professional and responsible actions by police that helped prevent the illegitimate actions, protect the citizens who found themselves in the zone of provocation, prevent the spreading of aggression with respect to Moscow residents, contain the public threat and ensure public security," the authors of the text said.

According to United Russia, some 40 police officers had been injured. Of those, 20 were hospitalized.

Attacks on police are regarded as a serious crime across the world. Russia "must have the norms to protect citizens form provocations and aggressive actions." Nobody has the right to infringe upon public security under the pretext of political slogans and manipulations and attack law-enforcement representatives," United Russia lawmakers said.


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