28 detained in Moscow after unsanctioned rallyJune 13th, 2011 - 12:03 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, June 12 (IANS/RIA Novosti) At least 28 people were detained in Moscow after they tried to stage a rally for which they did not have permission, police said Sunday.
About 150 people had gathered on Moscow’s downtown Teatralnaya Square to stage an unsanctioned “Day of Wrath” rally, the Moscow police press service said.
Police pledged to cut short any attempt at unsanctioned rallies or provocation in the Russian capital.
Sergei Udaltsov, an opposition leader and organiser of the Day of Wrath rally, was one of those detained.
Police dismissed media reports that said 800 people had come to the Teatralnaya Square.
Many public events, including fairs, open-air shows and mass festivities were held in Moscow to mark the Independence Day or Russia Day, when in 1990 the Russian parliament formally declared sovereignty from the then USSR.
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