28 Detained at Moscow Rally to Uphold Freedom of Assembly

© RIA Novosti . Alexey Danitchew / Go to the photo bankA Strategy-31 protest action in St. Petersburg, March 2010
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Twenty-eight people were detained in central Moscow on Tuesday during an unsanctioned rally calling for the government to uphold the constitutional right to free assembly.

MOSCOW, December 31 (RIA Novosti) – Twenty-eight people were detained in central Moscow on Tuesday during an unsanctioned rally calling for the government to uphold the constitutional right to free assembly.

The rally, which took place on the downtown Triumfalnaya Square, was organized by the activist group Strategy-31, which gathers on the 31st of every month with so many days to defend the Russian Constitution’s Article 31, which grants the right to free assembly.

Moscow authorities require that all rallies of more than one person receive prior permission from City Hall.

Police reported that 28 people were detained at the Tuesday rally, “despite numerous warnings that the event was unsanctioned,” according to a statement released by the Interior Ministry’s press service.

 

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