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Street clashes as Moscow mourns

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Street clashes as Moscow mourns


Opposition protesters chanted “shame” during demonstrations in Moscow. In what was perhaps a sign of heightened tension in the wake of Monday’s bombings, police maintained a heavy presence at the now traditional anti-government gathering held on the 31st of the month.

Although the demonstrations are held on the 31st to represent the Constitution’s article 31, this time they also included tributes to the metro blast victims.

“Solidarnost” party member Vsevolod Chernodub explained: “Today we have come out onto the streets not only to defend Article 31 which protects the right of peaceful demonstration but also Article 20 which protects the right to life. This is to show our solidarity with the whole country and solidarity with the citizens of this city.”

Elsewhere in the capital, “Nashi” or pro-Kremlin supporters held their own rally, describing themselves as the “generation against terror.”

There were complaints that both demonstrations should have been cancelled as the city was in mourning. Even the celebrated human rights activist Lyudmila Alekseyeva preferred to lay a tribute at Park Kultury metro station. Police again intervened when a man tried to attack the veteran campaigner.

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