Russian protesters resist Putin’s repression on anniversary of brutal government terror
May 6, 2013
The Russian opposition is back at its main protesting spot in Moscow’s Bolotnaya (Swamp) Square, where an anti-Putin rally on May 6 last year resulted in massive protests against Putin’s violent political repression and in extreme police brutality as a result.
Thousands of opposition protesters are taking part in Monday’s sanctioned event called ‘For Freedom!’ Some 5,000 “law enforcers” have been deployed in the capital’s downtown to harass, terrorize, detain and abuse protesters for the second year in a row.
The main demand of the participants of the event organized by Russian opposition activists is the release of all political prisoners in the country. Those also include activists arrested as part of the ‘Bolotnaya case’ following last year’s rally on the square.
A day before Vladimir Putin’s inauguration as ‘president’, thousands took to streets to protest against election fraud, and to demand political reforms and a fresh vote. The sanctioned rally turned violent as police brutalized protesters at Putin’s command. Over 600 protesters were detained and over a dozen faced criminal charges ranging from inciting mass unrest to using violence against police. So far, two of the Bolotnaya Square protesters were sentenced to jail terms. The opposition maintains though that clashes were provoked by police.
On Sunday – as Orthodox believers celebrated Easter – the opposition held another sanctioned protest rally in the Russian capital. The event called ‘Freedom March’ was organized by the so-called Opposition Expert Council. Despite the initially-announced 10,000 participants, the gathering was joined by only around 400-500 participants and around a hundred journalists.
putin lights up the fires, by pussy riot
lyrics copied from source video:
This State may be stronger than the time in jail.
The more arrests it makes, the happier it is.
Every arrest is carried out with love for the sexist
The one who botoxed his cheeks and pumped his chest and abs.
But you can’t nail us in a coffin.
We throw off the yoke of former KGB!
Putin is lighting up the fires of revolution
He’s bored and scared of sharing his silence with the people
With every execution: the stench of rotten ash
With every long prison sentence: a wet dream
The country is taking the streets with no fear
The country is going to bid farewell to the regime
The country is going like a feminist wedge
And Putin is going to say goodbye like a sheep
Arrest the whole city for May 6th
Seven years in prison are not enough, give us 18!
Forbid us to scream, walk and curse!
And go and marry Father Lukashenko