Protesters questioned after Moscow 'Day of Anger'

12th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

Russian police questioned protesters Sunday after 150 people gathered in the latest "Day of Anger" rally in Moscow called by opposition groups and banned by the authorities.

Sergei Udaltsov, coordinator for the Left Front party, was among 28 people apprehended during the rally in Moscow's Theatre Square, police said.

Udaltsov told radio station Echo of Moscow that supporters had been questioned "without explanation" from officers.

"People came to get across their demands to the presidential administration," he said.

Rights groups said authorities should have shown leniency on what is a public holiday in Russia.

"On a public holiday, people should have been allowed to express their opinion freely, and everything would have passed off peacefully," the Interfax news agency quoted human rights activist Svetlana Gannushkina as saying.

Organised every month, the latest "Day of Anger" was directed at the government's economic policy.

Russian police regularly question opposition officials during unauthorised protests or on the fringes of legal gatherings. They are often punished with up to two weeks' detention.

© 2011 AFP

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