Despite the bans, supporters of Alexei Navalny are in the streets, Saturday, January 23, to demand the release of the opponent of Vladimir Putin. The police have already made some 200 arrests. Luc Lacroix, journalist France Télévisions, is duplex from Moscow (Russia). “We have witnessed violent arrests and a crowd movement, but, for the moment, the demonstrators remain in Pushkin Square, despite calls from the police to leave the scene”, he relates.
Several thousand people chant “freedom for Navalny” or “Putin out”. “It may seem modest, but we must remember that this gathering was not authorized”, emphasizes Luc Lacroix. Moreover, the Russian authorities have done everything to avoid these gatherings. They did not hesitate to ask social networks to remove the calls to protest.
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