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(en) Russia, Demonstrations against monetarization of benefits in Murmansk

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Date Mon, 24 Jan 2005 16:40:32 +0100 (CET)

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Demonstrations against monetarization of social benefits have continued all
around Russia during week. 23rd of January there was a meeting in Murmansk,
with up to 2000 participators. Organisers were Party of Pensioners and KPRF.
Anarchists and their supporters also took part, during first 15 minutes of
the meeting more than 50 leaflets and journals were distributed and black and
red diagonal flags were raised. Anarchists shouted revolutionary slogans,
which found support among people. One elderly man, former seaman proposed
anarchists to seize arms stock from military barracks.
When people were only starting to get active, legalized meeting was already finished.
A small group of pensioners decided to block street spontaneously. Anarcho-communists
joined without hesitation. More and more people joined, and soon several hundred
people broke through police cordon and moved towards city administration.

Party of Pensioners and KPRF (Communist Party of Russian Federation) bosses
were nowhere to be seen at this point, spontaneous demonstration had only
anarchist flags and a couple of KPRF flags raised by a couple of komsomol members.

In spontaneous meeting at administration people demanded meeting with governor,
scanning his surname. Governor Yuri Evdokimov decided not to show up, good for
him since a number of pensioners were about ready to see him hanging.

After some time anarchists left meeting in order to get warm after a day in
arctic winter freeze. They were arrested by police, one anarchist was
brutalized by them. One elderly lady was also arrested due to "incitement".

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