Anti-War Demonstration in St. Petersburg

posted 23 Sep 2014, 14:05 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 23 Sep 2014, 14:25 ]
22 September 2014

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Tatyana Voltskaya: In St Petersburg estimates of the size of the demonstration that marched from Gorky metro station via Troitsky Bridge and the Field of Mars to Nevsky Prospekt, where an anti-war rally was held outside the Kazan Cathedral, from 1,500 to 3,000 people.

Radio Svoboda reports, that here they set up banners that, among others, read: "This war is our fault, put down your weapons!”, "Mothers and Wives, Stop the War!"

Since the rally did not require any stage or speeches, people gathered in circles and sang songs that they felt were the most suited to the occasion. The well-known Soviet song “Let the sun always shine” proved unexpectedly apposite, with the words, “Against disaster, against the war, we’ll stand up to protect our sons.” 

To view these and other photos from the rally, please click HERE.

A group of people of religious faith sang prayers, holding up a banner “For Peace” with Christian symbols and quotations from the New Testament.

Many of those taking part in the rally were wearing yellow and blue items of clothing, or holding yellow flowers and blue balloons.

Opponents of the demonstration also arrived at the rally. They shouted insults at the anti-war demonstrators and behaved very aggressively. At times sharp words were exchanged, and some even tried to start a fight. As a result the police detained 15 people and took them to police station No. 28. Most of those detained were opponents of the peace rally.

Deputy of the St Petersburg legislative assembly, Vitaly Mironov, also came to the rally outside Kazan Cathedral with many of his followers. They tried to stop the protest, but they were driven away to cries of “Shame!”

The rest of the rally passed off peacefully. Although police officers called on the protestors to disperse, in fact they allowed them to remain outside Kazan Cathedral for as long as they wanted, Radio Svoboda reported.