Amnesty activists held at U2 gig in Russia

August 26th, 2010 - 9:48 pm ICT by IANS  

Moscow, Aug 26 (IANS/RIA Novosti) At least two activists of human rights group Amnesty International were arrested while distributing flyers at a concert of Irish rock band U2 in Moscow, a report said Thursday.
According to Ekho Moskvy radio station, police also closed information desks set up by Amnesty International, Greenpeace Russia and the ONE Campaign, an international aid organisation, despite an earlier agreement with the U2 management.

Police said the volunteers staged an “unsanctioned” rally.

During the concert Wednesday night, Russian rock veteran and well-known Kremlin critic Yuri Shevchuk was invited on stage to join the Dublin four-piece in a rendition of Bob Dylan classic “Knocking On Heaven’s Door”.

Shevchuk, who spoke out against Russian Prime Minister Putin in May, attracted media attention Sunday when he played on stage in front of some 2,000 people at an environmental protest rally in central Moscow.

Greenpeace Russia said U2’s management was unsure how to react to the police activity, since this is the first time such a thing has happened at one of the band’s gigs.

Tuesday, U2 lead singer Bono met Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi. Besides music, they discussed various social and charity activities that Bono and his musicians are involved in.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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