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(en) Russia, Moscow, A Demo during the Deserter Festival 20-27 February

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Date Thu, 24 Feb 2005 09:12:09 +0200 (IST)

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Today, in Russia the "Day of the Defenders of the Fatherland" and also the
61st anniversary of the deportation of the Chechen and Ingush people, about 40
activists from Autonomous Action* did an unannounced demonstration against the
war in Chechnya, and against the military reform, which will lead to the
abolishment of many reasons for deferment of or exemption from military service.
The activists met at a specified time at a previously undisclosed location and
marched with banners and shouting slogans through the streets of central Moscow
(on the pavement). Police was quick to arrive, and first did not intervene, but
only accompanied the march. After about 20 minutes, on Arbat Street (a pedestrian
area), police tried to stop the march, grabbing those holding the front banner.
Others continued to march, but didn't get very far. Police
arrested several people, as far as I know at present
there was a total of seven arrests. It is expected
that those arrested will be released later in the day.

Before the demonstration, there was a brief "Food not
Bombs" action. However, after only 15 minutes police
intervened and ordered the action to be over. The
activists complied with this demand, as the main aim
was the demonstration later.

So much quickly from Moscow,
* Ed. note: Autonomous Action is an anarchist federation

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