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    Tallinn Residents Protest US Military Hardware Deployment in Eastern Europe

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    Residents of the Estonian capital of Tallinn on Saturday took to the streets of the city to protest the deployment of US military hardware in Eastern Europe.

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    TALLINN (Sputnik) – The event, dubbed the March of Peace, is aimed at drawing attention of Estonian and EU residents at "an abnormal total militarization imposed by local authorities following the orders by the United States," the organizers of the event said on their website.

    The event drew several dozens of people. A lot of people waved slogans such as "We should be friends with our neighbors, not fight with them," "Finland’s foreign policy is a good example for us," "Estonia is not a colony of the United States" and "Stop NATO."

    The activists marched from Baltic Station, the main railway station in Tallinn, toward the parliament building and staged a protest there. According to the police, the event went smoothly.

    In July, during a NATO summit in Warsaw, the alliance decided to strengthen its military presence in Eastern Europe on a rotational basis with four battalions in Poland and in the Baltic nations in a bid to protect countries from alleged Russian aggression.

    Russia has repeatedly warned that amassing troops and weapons on its borders is a provocative act that can destabilize the region and the global security environment.

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