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Over 100,000 people taking part in May Day unions demonstration in central Moscow

May 01, 2014, 11:11 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The festive procession of trade unions from Vasilyevsky Spusk down Tverskaya Street has begun in the Russian capital
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MOSCOW, May 01. /ITAR-TASS/. More than 100 thousand people are taking part in the May Day demonstration of trade unions in the centre of Moscow, the press service of the city’s main interior department reports.

“The festive procession of trade unions from Vasilyevsky Spusk down Tverskaya Street has begun in the Russian capital,” the police department said.

Who is taking part

The column of the procession participants is led by Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin, head of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Russia (FITUR) Mikhail Shnakov, head of the Moscow Trade Union Federation Sergei Chernov. Young people and students make the majority of the demonstration’s participants, but elder people are also present.

What slogans are used

The column of demonstrators will march from the place of execution in the Red square to the State History Museum carrying slogans “Unity! Solidarity! Rights of Working People!”, “Decent Work — Fair Pay!” Chairperson of the “unions” party Labor Union, FITU Secretary Alexander Shershukov said that the party members would carry antifascist slogans at the May Day procession. “In addition to socio-economic slogans, we also regard this year’s May Day demonstration as an antifascist event,” he said.

Members of the procession from the A Just Russia party will also call for ‘decent wages for decent work’. This column will march from Trubnaya Square along the Boulevard Ring Street to Pushkin Square, where a public meeting will take place.

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