Thursday, October 21, 2010

Opposition Meeting in Moscow Allowed, then Banned

For the first time in the last several years the Moscow authorities agreed to allow a demonstration of the opposition in support of Article 31 of the Russian Constitution (freedom of assembly), which was to place on October 31 on Triumfalnaya Square. The officials said they were ready to give permission on the condition there would be no more than 200 participants.

The oppositionists, however, refused to guarantee the low attendance, and the next day the authorities disallowed the meeting. Earlier all similar demonstrations have been invariably banned and dispersed by the police.

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