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Over 10 arrested at Manezh Square in attempt to hold nationalist rally

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Police detained more than 10 people in central Moscow on Friday after calls by a nationalist movement for a rally.

Police detained more than 10 people in central Moscow on Friday after calls by a nationalist movement for a rally.

Police have cordoned off a vast section of the downtown Manezh Square, where the biggest public disturbances for almost a decade took place on December 11 last year.

In 2010, a 5,000-strong crowd of nationalists and football hooligans clashed with police, following the death of Spartak Moscow supporter Yegor Sviridov, who was killed in a brawl between football fans and North Caucasus migrants.

Policemen are currently checking documents of young men. No one is chanting any slogans, and small groups of people are gathered on the square, many of them are journalists, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported from Manezh Square.

Earlier on Friday, the Caucasus Congress and a number of other ethnic minority groups held an anti-fascist rally in central Moscow. The rally, lasting about 20 minutes, was held under the slogan "We Say No to Fascism on Russian Land."

"We are against the violence that took place on Manezh Square on December 11," Sultan Togonidze, head of the Congress youth wing, said.

MOSCOW, February 11 (RIA Novosti)

 

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