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Young man carrying a knife and signal rockets detained in Moscow

July 26, 2012, 23:46 UTC+3

Police took him to a police station to establish his identity

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MOSCOW, July 26 (Itar-Tass) — A young man carrying a knife and signal rockets was detained at an opposition rally in central Moscow on Thursday, the press service of the Russian Interior Ministry department for Moscow told Itar-Tass.

Police confiscated the knife, a telescopic stick and five signal rockets when the young man was going through a metal detector. Police took him to a police station to establish his identity.

The rally in support of opposition members arrested for staging riots on Bolotnaya Square during an opposition rally on May 6 ended in Moscow at 22:00 Moscow time on Thursday. .

“The rally passed without incidents. Around 800 people took part in the protest,” a Moscow police source told Itar-Tass.

The protesters demanded the release of all people who were detained in connection with the Bolotnaya Square riots on May 6. Their number has reached 16. Twelve suspects have been arrested. Maria Baronova has given a written pledge not to leave the city. Alexandra Dukhanina, 18, is under house arrest.

On May 6, 2012, the opposition held the sanctioned March of Millions action which grew into clashes with police and mass riots. The demonstrators tried to break through police cordons. Some hurled bottles and firers. They put up resistance to policemen if the latter wanted to detain them. Some pulled down police helmets from their heads. More than 400 people were detained for unlawful actions that day. About thirty policemen and dozens of demonstrators were injured.

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