Saturday, August 19, 2017

Opposition protests take place in Yekaterinburg

Organized protests took place in Yekaterinburg on Sunday against the detention of opposition protesters in Moscow between May 6 and May 9.

According to Benjamin Pomazkin, one of the protest's organizers, the rally was sanctioned by the city administration, allowing for the participation of up to 2,000 people. The organizers stressed that the protests were peaceful and that any unlawful acts were not tolerated by the protest organizers or the police, Bakutoday.net reports.

The protests were licensed to take place on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m., but did not actually get started until 3 p.m.

The Yekaterinburg protest was held to show disapproval of the government's response to the three days of protests in Moscow against President Vladimir Putin. Between May 6 and May 9, several hundred people, including opposition leaders, were arrested by law enforcement agencies and sentenced to administrative arrest. The Yekaterinburg protesters rallied on Saturday in solidarity with those arrested in Moscow, showing support for the ongoing protests around the country, Bakutoday.net reports.

Vladimir Putin was sworn into office last Monday after winning an election that many in the opposition claim was unfair.