More than 30 participants in an unauthorized rally dubbed the Day of Anger have been detained by police on Tverskaya Square in Moscow. The protesters were calling for Moscow’s Mayor Yury Luzhkov and Moscow Region Governor Boris Gromov to be sacked.
Those organizing the rally – human rights campaigner Lev Ponomaryov and Sergei Udaltsov, a coordinator in the Left Front movement – were detained by police as they attempted to distribute black pieces of paper, symbolizing the black spots on the mayor’s record, among protesters.
According to the Moscow Central District department of the interior, 197 members of the police force were deployed to the square to restore order. At first the police urged protestors to disperse and not to obstruct the sidewalks. But their appeal went unheeded.