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In Chita, 300 people became participants in an unauthorized rally

In Chita, 300 people became participants in an unauthorized rally
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At least 300 people came on January 23 to an unauthorized rally on Lenin Square in Chita. According to eyewitness accounts, 20 protesters were detained.

The first citizens began to come to the square an hour before the start of the rally, the EastRussia correspondent reports. But by this time, public figure Vitaly Gobrik had organized a collection of signatures under an appeal to fellow citizens demanding respect for recognized rights and freedoms, legality and change of government.

As people came to the city center, they chanted: "Russia will be free", "Freedom for political prisoners", "I / We are Furgal" and so on. In addition, the protesters had posters with the words "Freedom to Alexei Navalny."

Marina Savvateeva, the organizer of the solo picket, who was brought to justice for participating in an unsanctioned rally, told media representatives that she did not have data on the exact number of those detained. According to her, the detainees were collected in three buses. In one of them there were 11 people, in the second - 10, about the same was in the third, which means that about 30 people were detained in total. In addition, she said that when on January 24 at the Central District Court her case was heard, there were seven detainees, but the court officials said that in the morning there were many more.

Savvateeva added that the court imposed punishment under three articles at once - violation of safety rules during a pandemic, for participating in an action and for disobeying the police. Now at least two people are awaiting the trial, it is precisely known about them. How many such people are in the police - no one knows and lawyers cannot help them.

We will remind that the protest actions were planned by supporters of the opposition leader Alexei Navalny on January 23 in several cities of Russia, including in Chita. Social activist Marina Savvateeva planned to organize a single picket in the city center, near the Udokan cinema, but she was refused and offered Labor Square in the Chita district of the KSK. Savvateeva held a picket on Central Square. Together with her, more than 300 people came there, staging an unauthorized protest action.

The press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Trans-Baikal Territory on January 25 refused to tell the EastRussia correspondent the number of those detained during an unauthorized rally on January 23, they noted that they did not yet have such information.

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