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Thousands Take to Streets in Moscow After Crackdown on Opposition


7Dnews London - AFP

Sat, 10 Aug 2019 18:03 GMT

Thousands of opposition supporters took to the streets in Moscow on Saturday August 10th to rally after mass police detentions at recent protests that have been among the largest since President Vladimir Putin's return to the Kremlin in 2012.

Protesters huddled under umbrellas on a rainy afternoon in central Moscow’s Prospekt Andreya Sakharova street, where city authorities had given permission for the rally to take place, according to AFP.

At least 7,200 people participated in the protest according to White Counter, an NGO that tracks participants in rallies, who tallied the numbers while the massive police presence included officers in riot gear.

Thousands have attended street protests in recent weeks calling for free and fair elections after the exclusion of several opposition figures, including allies of top Putin critic Alexei Navalny, from local Moscow elections next month.

National Guard and riot police detained more than 2,000 at the two previous rallies, which were not authorised by city officials.

On Saturday, some protesters carried placards with slogans such as "Give us the right to vote!" and "You've lied to us enough" while others held up pictures of activists arrested at earlier demonstrations.