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(en) Moscow: "We are all in the network" - Police attacked an action demanding the release of political prisoners [machine translation]

Date Tue, 24 Mar 2020 08:15:57 +0200

On March 14, 2020, an event for the freedom of political prisoners was planned at Moscow's FSB headquarters on Lubyanskaya Square. On social networks, it was called "We are all in the network". Members of the Rupression campaign (created in support of the anarchists tried in the so-called Network case) and human rights and political groups participated in the preparation . ---- The event was reported to the authorities, but they did not allow it in the city center and suggested that it take place in the suburbs - which of course would lose all effect. Therefore, the organizers decided to organize it in its original place. The planned living chain around the FSB headquarters was probably the most frightening of the authorities.
On Saturday, March 14, around 2 pm, several police antons arrived at Lubyan Square and cops in megaphones warned that the action was illegal and people were to break up. All this, even though individuals' pickets are not subject to reporting.

The police started plotting and arresting right after the first person unfolded the poster. First, they gathered people attending the event, and then everyone who was in front of the FSB, including journalists. In addition, they sometimes blocked the exits of the metro. In the antones, several detainees were beaten up.

Around three o'clock in the afternoon, activists who managed to avoid arrest on Lubyan Square moved to the President's office. This place is already traditional for individuals' picket events in support of political prisoners. The provocateurs from the procremel militant SERB, who could not show up on Lubyan Square because of police will, came to them. Despite their presence and the passing police antony, the protest at this point continued calmly. Then his participants went to the police to support the arrested.

One of them (a 17-year-old unionist) broke his arm, another got an asthma attack, was treated by a summoned ambulance and then locked up in a police station without an inhaler. The most brutal advancement was the disguised riot police who beat up the 78-year-old known human rights defender Leo Ponomarev and did not want to open the ambulance gate. Most of the detainees were released later.

Despite these blatant repressions, the solidarity actions demanding the release of political prisoners will continue and activists will continue to insist that freedom of speech and assembly is inviolable.


The case network , we wrote:
https://www.afed.cz/text/6956/dokumentarni- film-sit
https://www.afed.cz/text/7113/penza-rusko-vyneseny-rozsudky-v- kauze-sit

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