The opposition in the streets after the victory of Putin
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The opposition in the streets after the victory of Putin

Moscow : Russia | Mar 05, 2012 at 9:41 AM PST
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The opposition alliance after the protest against the filling up called, Monday, March 5, an early presidential election, calling it a "farce" the victory of the current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin during a protest of thousands of people in Moscow. "The power is not legitimate," said one of the leaders of the protest, Vladimir Ryzhkov, reading in front of the protesters a resolution of the organizing committee.

"We demand an end to political repression, the investigation of massive fraud, political reform and early parliamentary and presidential elections," said the latter, one of the leaders of the protest. "We will continue our peaceful action until our demands are not met." One hundred people were arrested including the writer Eduard Limonov, according to the spokesman for the unregistered party Other Russia. Police reported a fifty arrests in the capital.

Meanwhile, nearly 15,000 supporters of Vladimir Putin had gathered near the Kremlin, as counted by the police.

Moreover, a hundred opponents were also arrested during a demonstration in St. Petersburg to demand genuine elections in the aftermath of the victory of Vladimir Putin. Nearly 1,500 opponents, chanting slogans such as "Shame on Putin," have tried to meet in the center of town, where a large police presence was deployed to disperse the unauthorized rally. Another demonstration of several hundred people, was held in the evening in Nizhny Novgorod (center), according to Interfax news agency.

Vladimir Putin was elected on Sunday in the first round election with nearly 64% of the vote. The campaign, as the vote was marred by irregularities denounced on Monday the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Nazish Fatima is based in Rāwalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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