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    ST. PETERSBURG, October 19 (RIA Novosti) - An opposition group in St. Petersburg, Russia's second-largest city, plans to hold a "march of empty pots" in protest at rises in food prices, the leader of the Narod (People) party movement said.

    On November 3, at 12.00 p.m. the march will start near the Gorkovskaya metro station in the city center and is expected to gather about 5,000 people with empty pots and ladles, Sergei Gulyaev, said.

    The Narod party, a coalition of left-wing political figures and intellectuals, said it expects the move will serve as an example for other Russian regions.

    According to the city's statistics, milk prices increased by 6.1%, butter - by 13.3%, vegetable oils - by 10.5% in September and since the beginning of 2008, milk prices posted a 12.5% growth, and butter - 30.6%.

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