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Police arrest opposition leader, activists at anti-Putin protest

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-06-01

Police arrested leftist Russian opposition leader Eduard Limonov and around 20 other activists on Sunday at a multiparty demonstration in Moscow's Triumphalnaya Square calling for Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to resign.

AFP - Police arrested Russian radical leftist leader Eduard Limonov and up to 20 other activists at an unauthorised anti-government demonstration in Moscow, said an AFP journalist at the scene.
   
Riot police arrested Limonov as soon as he arrived at the Triumphalnaya Square, where the protest against Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin had been due to take place.
   
A small group of demonstrators had shouted, "Liberty for political prisoners," before being arrested.
   
A police officer cited by the Ria Novosti agency said about 30 people had been arrested  for having tried to block Tverskaya Street, a main road in the capital.
   
Several opposition groups had turned up for the protest, including Limonov's National Bolshevik Party and the Solidarnost movement led by former Chess world champion Garry Kasparov. They were calling for Putin to resign.
   
"The mayor did not authorise the demonstration," Sergei Aksionov, one of its organisers, told reporters.
   
"Limonov intends to stand in the 2012 presidential election," he added.
   
Police sealed off the square with about 40 police buses and several hundred police officers were mobilised for the event.
 

Date created : 2009-06-01

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