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Moscow protests: Opposition rally 'largest since 2011'
  Saturday 10 August, 2019
Moscow protests: Opposition rally \'largest since 2011\'

Tens of thousands have attended Moscow's largest opposition rally since 2011, independent monitors say.

Up to 60,000 people reportedly gathered in the rain to demand fair elections.

The protest was officially authorised but dozens of people were arrested as they moved to other parts of the city, many outside President Vladimir Putin's offices in the city centre.

Unauthorised rallies on the last two Saturdays saw hundreds detained. This is the fifth demonstration in a month.

Many Muscovites are unhappy that opposition candidates have been banned from running in municipal elections in September, but anger has increased after apparent incidences of police brutality in previous weeks.

Protests in solidarity with Moscow in several other Russian cities on Saturday also saw dozens of people detained.

This protest and one on 20 July were authorised by the city authorities.

The latest arrests took place after groups of demonstrators left the official rally outside the city centre. Protest leaders had encouraged people to join an unauthorised "stroll" afterwards.

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-49305129

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