Monday, August 21, 2017

Workers rally in Yekaterinburg

Approximately 14,000 workers from Perm and the Chelyabinsk and Sverdlovsk regions rallied in Yekaterinburg on Saturday in support of the working people.

The rally used slogans such as "Development of the Urals is Development of Our Country," "For the Urals! For Stability" and "We are the people!" The rally was proposed at a meeting of the public headquarters that supports Putin, Itar-Tass reports.

"In early January, I spoke in support of stability in our country and policy pursued by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin," Igor Kholmanskikh, a representative of the Uralvagonzavod research and production association, said, according to Itar-Tass. "After that, people in the Urals were called the lemming. We demand that the working people be protected from insults. We do not want to go back to the 1990s when factories stood still and no wages were paid for months on end. Working people in the Urals, the backbone of our country, vote for economic stability in the country and for a strong resident."

Joining the workers were entrepreneurs who do not wish to return Russia to the condition it was in the 1990s. Valery Trapeznikov and Andrei Vetluzhskih gave speeches at the rally.

"We stand for stability in the country and for a strong economy, for a minimum wage matching the subsistence level, for strong trade unions and against insults to working people, we are for the dismissal of unscrupulous officials and for a merciless fight against drug dealers, we are for a strong president and strong Russia," Vetluzhskih, the chairman of the Sverdlovsk Region Federation of Trade Unions, said, according to Itar-Tass.