Russian opposition stages Moscow sit-in; 40+ arrested
Russian police arrested dozens of protesters across several cities Sunday as opposition groups took to the streets to demand freedom of assembly, the AFP is reporting on Sunday.
About a hundred people staged a sit-in in Triumfalnaya square in central Moscow as part of a campaign calling for the implementation of Article 31 of the Russian constitution which guarantees freedom of assembly.
The protest passed off without incident but police arrested about 40 participants who began marching in a street close to the square, Russian news agencies reported.
Opposition movement leader Alexander Averin from “The Other Russia” group said about 200 people responded to a call to protest in the central square, where demonstrators chanted “Freedom to meet and demonstrate!”
More than a dozen were also arrested during a protest in Nizhny Novgorod, a city in the Volga region east of Moscow.