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Russian Police Detain Hundreds Protesting Against Pension Reform

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Russian police detained more than 800 people protesting against planned increases to the pension age. The protests was organized by jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his supporters. They were a challenge to the authorities who were hoping for a high turnout at regional elections. Regional elections were also being held on Sunday, despite anger over the pension move. Footage of the protests showed the police sometimes using force to disperse rallies, beating participants with batons and dragging them away. The authorities refused to authorize most of the meetings, declaring them illegal. Protests were held in more than 80 towns and cities.

Added on the 09/09/2018 15:20:55 - Copyright : Wochit

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