Friday, July 19, 2013

Thousands Rally for Navalny Freedom, Hundreds Arrested

Thousands of supporters of opposition leader Alexei Navalny gathered around a central square in Moscow on Thursday evening to protest his sentencing that day to five years in prison. As a trickle of civilians began flowing into Manezh Square in the early evening, police muscled some of them away from the area, cordoned off with metal barricades. Within an hour the crowd – sometimes clapping as Belarusian protesters famously did in 2011, sometimes chanting, “Shame!” “Freedom!” “Navalny!” and “Russia without Putin!” – had grown much larger and spilled into surrounding streets. Several hours later the police disprsed the demonstration. More than 200 people were arrested, some of them later released. (video)

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