September 15, 2012 20:07
Kazan opposition demands direct mayoral election, State Duma dismissal, freedom to political prisoners
KAZAN. Sept 15 (Interfax) - No more than 100 activists attended the rally "In Defense of Constitutional Rights of Citizens" held on a Kazan square in front of the Revolutionary Mullanur Vakhitov Monument on Saturday.
The regional organization of the Yabloko party organized the permitted action to support the March of Millions campaign. The organizers said they would gather about 250 participants.
A number of opposition and nationalist parties, movements and organizations, among them Other Russia, Left Front, RPR-PARNAS, the Union of Communist Youth, the Pirates Party, Anarchists-Syndicalists, the Kazan Civil Union and the Tatar Patriotic Front Altyn Urda, supported the Yabloko-led action.
The activists carried banners of their organizations and signs, which demanded direct mayoral elections, direct gubernatorial elections without 'filters', and the dismissal of the anti-people State Duma.
Kazan high-school student Bulat, who introduced himself as a civil activist, said, "People are the real rulers of the country" and called on the authorities to release all the political prisoners immediately.
"Free everyone incarcerated for fighting for freedom, free the May 6 prisoners, free Pussy Riot!" the schoolboy shouted and the rally applauded him.
The organizers urged Tatarstan residents to take active part in the election of the coordination council of the Russian opposition, which will be done online and at a republican electoral commission formed especially for the occasion on October 20-21.
The rally lasted for about 90 minutes. No incidents happened.
(Our editorial staff can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)
April 24, 2014
N.Korean representatives to pay tribute to Yakov Novichenko in Novosibirsk
President Sargsian criticizes Turkey for closing border with Armenia
Journalist Simon Ostrovsky freed, traveling from Slovyansk to Donetsk - colleagues
Arrests held in Azerbaijani naval forces over case on big embezzlements
Ukraine demands Russia's explanation of army drills near border (Part 2)
National Security Defense Council says one special operation stage in eastern Ukraine completed
Situation at Mariupol town council under control - police
Ukraine demands Russia's explanation of army drills near border
Kremlin emphasizes demand for dialog between authorities, religious organizations
Eastern Partnership not to be aimed against some third country - Armenian president
Plague outbreak registered in Kalmykia
Dozhd general director denies statement she got residence permit in Latvia