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Yabloko Party rounds off its protest action at Moscow’s Novopushkinsky public garden

May 27, 2012, 16:22 UTC+3

The blaring of marches was stopped

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MOSCOW, May 27 (Itar-Tass) — The Yabloko Party rounded off its protest action at the Novopushkinsky public garden in Moscow.

The rally was addressed by member of the State Duma Ilya Ponomaryov, calling on Yabloko activists to participate actively in a campaign on disbanding the Moscow City Council, launched by the Just Russia Party.

“We have nothing to divide between our parties. We have 100-percent grounds for disbanding the Moscow City Council and eventually for replacing the executive power in Moscow,” Ponomaryov emphasized. Just Russia had launched earlier a campaign on disbanding the Moscow City Council in connection with attachment of new territories to Moscow.

Closing the rally, Yabloko Party chairman Sergei Mitrokhin called on its participants to turn up near the State Duma bulding at 09.00 on June 5 to express a protest against the adoption of a bill on stiffening responsibility for violations during mass events.

Following the end of the rally, part of its participants marched along the Tverskaya Street in order to take part in “a stroll” around the Red Square.

Incidentally, at the start of the rally (around 150 people), young people in masks and stylized caps of inmates of Nazi concentration camps were walking around a circle, brushing the sidewalk. Loudspeakers blared marches of Nazi Germany, howls of sirens and barking of dogs.

“We want to show with this theatrical performance that such laws (on rallies) are taken in totalitarian states,” Mitrokhin said. He emphasized that “astronomical fines and mandatory work to clean streets” ban, in actual fact, rallies.

Police demanded stopping the theatrical performance, since the officially stated aim of the rally was “a demand to elect the Moscow mayor”. The blaring of marches was stopped.


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