5 August, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile






mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato

e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 06/13/2012
RUSSIA
Rain and fines do not frighten Moscow, as thousands protest against Putin
by Nina Achmatova
The second "march of the million" took place without some of the opposition leaders, being interrogated on charges of inciting violence in the previous event. From the stage the "free Russia" manifesto read : resignation of Putin and the new electoral law. Analysts: now a new political future is possible.

Moscow (AsiaNews) - Despite the rain and the new draconian anti-rallies laws launched in Russia, thousands of people marched yesterday in central Moscow in the second "march of a million," the latest opposition organized anti-Putin demonstration. Over 120 thousand for the organizers, 22 thousand for police and more realistically 50 thousand for the media, gathered in Pushkin Square and then walked in procession up to Sakharov avenue, where some of the leaders of the movement spoke from the stage, without their most charismatic 'colleagues': Alexei Navalny, Ilya Yashin and Ksenia Sobchak. All three were being questioned, on the eve of the demonstration by the Russian Investigative Committee, which is investigating the violence that erupted in the previous event on 6 May, when dozens of people were injured and 400 arrested in clashes between demonstrators and police.

This time there were no riots, and despite the harsh tones used in the slogans of the square ("Putin, resign, Putin Thief, the Duma is the shame of this country")about 12 thousand law enforcement agents held vigil. There were also fewer Omon, the notorious riot police, while among the crowd you could see signs with the date "1937", the beginning of Stalin's purges.

In a speech to coincide with the protests marking Russia Day (celebrating the birth of the Federation in 1991), Putin himself appeared conciliatory when he stressed the importance of "listening and respecting each other and searching for compromise. " Except then he warned, however, that "it is unacceptable that any decision could lead to social and economic shocks." A clear reference to the intentions of the opposition in the streets, always accused of wanting to stir up revolutions.

The charismatic lawyer and blogger Navalny hoped to the last to join the protesters, but then had to give up. After the raid in his house and those of eight other 'dissidents' on 11 June and the interrogation on the evening of June 12 he was escorted to the anti-corruption organization RosPil headquarters for further searches.

But the Moscow protesters have shown that they do not need any leaders in particular to go forward. From the stage the " free Russia manifesto " containing the demands of the opposition was read. No longer simply "honest elections" like this winter, but first the resignation of Putin, a new electoral law and limits to the presidential mandate. If the demands are not met, protesters will continue with strikes and civil disobedience.

According to the newspaper Vedomosti, the second March of one million shows that " a new political future" for Russia could be born, with a civil society that is institutionalized and the government that has began to seriously consider the opposition "though it still can not find a way to communicate with it, if not through interrogation."

"I think those in power - said Sergei Udaltsov, leader of the left also subjected to 'preventive searches' - is entering into a panic, they do not know how to deal with an urban movement that never stops growing. They know it is a dangerous phenomenon and need to repress it. If the power believe fear is the answer it is wrong. It will only result in more people in the streets. " Politician Mikhail Kasaniov is of the same opinion, who also spoke at the rally: the protests must continue, despite the attempts at "intimidation" by the authorities. "At year end we really will be a million people," he predicts.


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
06/07/2012 RUSSIA
Crackdown on demonstrations on the eve of the new anti-Putin march
by Nina Achmatova
07/19/2013 RUSSIA
Navalny free on bail to run in Moscow mayoralty race
12/22/2011 RUSSIA
Patriarch Kirill on the anti-Putin protests: authorities must listen to criticism
by Nina Achmatova
12/30/2011 RUSSIA
Anti-Putin opposition tends to be leaderless, heterogeneous and apolitical
by Nina Achmatova
06/17/2005 KyRGHyZSTAN
Police intervene against thousands of protesters

Editor's choices
CHINA
Unofficial catholic community of Wenzhou speak out against forced demolition of Crosses, whole diocese fasting
by Joseph YuanAfter 90-year-old Bishop Vincent Zhu Weifang of Wenzhou led 26 priests of the open Church community to protest against the government’s act to demolish Crosses, Coadjutor Bishop James Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou also led his priests to issue an open statement “Strongly demand a halt to demolish Crosses on all churches.
CHINA
Wenzhou: 90-year-old bishop and 26 priests protest against cross demolitions
by Joseph YuanThis is not the first time that the old bishop and his priests speak out against the demolition campaign against crosses and churches, which has touched more than 400 buildings. During the protest, police tried to disperse the group, which sought to submit a petition. The faithful recite a Crown of the Divine Mercy is in support of the Chinese Church. In Lishui, churches are expected to be torn down by 31 August.
ISRAEL - IRAN
After nuclear deal, Israel ought to become Iran’s best ally
by Uri AvneryThis is the thesis of Uri Avnery, leader of Gush Shalom, a major supporter of peace between Israelis and Palestinians. According to the great statesman and peace activist, Iran only wants to be a regional power in the Islamic world, able to trade with everyone, inspired by a sophisticated experience that goes back thousands of years. Iran, which faces backward-looking Gulf monarchies and emirates, could be a great ally against Daesh. Meanwhile in Israel Netanyahu, politicians and the media continue to blunder.

Dossier

Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.