Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Yekaterinburg minors detained in unauthorized march

Approximately 90 participants were detained by police this weekend in Yekaterinburg during an unauthorized Russian March rally.

Valery Gorelykh, the regional police spokesman, said that the demonstrators planned to march from Kirov Square along Lunacharsky and Lenin streets to Soviet Army Square, Interfax reports.

"The event had not been authorized by the city administration and police warned participants through the mass media that offenders would be fined," Gorelykh said, according to Interfax. "Ninety people, mostly minors, were detained, and their parents will be informed about the administrative offences committed by their children."

Gorelykh said that the police strictly complied with the law in detaining the demonstrators.

An authorized rally in the region related to National Unity Day occurred without incident. The rally drew approximately 25,000 participants throughout Russia.

"Twenty-thousand have joined the ranks today, a hundred thousand will take part tomorrow and then a million will join in," Alexander Belov, a leader of the Russians nationalistic movement, said, according to Interfax. "The Russian March was held on practically every continent: in the U.S. and in Canada, in Russia and in Australia."

While National Unity Day had been celebrated in Moscow since 2005, this was the first year that authorities in Moscow approved the rally within the city limits. The rally was dedicated to the 400th anniversary of the liberation of Moscow from invaders from Poland.