Russia detains more than 680 people in the new protests against Putin for the mobilization to reinforce the troops

More than 680 people have been arrested today in the new protests against the partial mobilization decreed on Wednesday by the Russian president, Vladimir Putinto reinforce the troops on the front in Ukraine, according to independent organizations.

“At 18:51 Moscow time (15:51 GMT) they had already been detained more than 689 people in 30 cities“said OVD-Info, an organization that tracks arrests in Russia.

The greatest number of arrests occurred in Moscowwhere by that time the riot police had arrested 345 people.

In the Russian capital, the authorities deployed a huge police force, which acted preventively and detained pedestrians who were simply passing through Chistye Prudy Boulevard, the place where the demonstration had been called, as the Efe Agency was able to verify.

“Why are you taking me? I’m going to the subway station”A young woman told the policemen who were escorting her to a police van, and the only response she got was: “Come on, otherwise it will be worse!”

In St. Petersburg, the country’s second largest city, there were 129 detainees and the police used batons and tasers, according to local media.

The protest, called by the opposition youth movement Vesná (Spring) took place under the slogan “Assembly of women in black”.

Ladies, stop holding on! Enough to be silent! We don’t want our men to die playing political games. Go out in black to the squares!”, Said the call.

Today’s is the second demonstration against the mobilization ordered by Putin, who argued the measure with the need to defend the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

In the previous day of protestwhich took place this Thursday, the day after the head of the Kremlin announced the mobilization, were around 1,400 people arrested throughout the country.

According to Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, a total of 300,000 reservists will be called up as part of this extraordinary measure.


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