Rally at Bolotnaya square cancelled, protest leaders accounce sit-in
6.05.12 18:19 By News dept.
Protesters came to Bolotnaya square only to find out that the opposition leaders, including Alexei Navalny and Sergey Udaltsov, had declared a sit-in near the Udarnik cinema, right across from Bolotnaya square.
The lawyer for the arrested members of Pussy Riot punk group Mark Feigin announced the cancellation of the rally from the stage.
Gazeta.Ru correspondent reports approximately 60,000 protesters came to Bolotnaya square. A part of them are joining the sit-in.
Sergey Udaltsov insists there are 100,000 people in the square, police reply that "It is a sunny day, Mr. Udaltsov has probably overheated in the sun" and insists there are only 8,000 protesters.
Udaltsov has presented the authorities with a new demand: give the opposition one hour live on one of the federal channels.
Nevertheless, the Kremlin is under an invisible siege: it is surrounded by three lines of defense, including riot police, the army and several rows of heavy machienery, another Gazeta.ru correspondent reports. Manezhnaya square, Bolshaya Dmitrovka and other streets in the center of Moscow are closed.
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