Friday, November 09, 2007

Russian nationalists on the march in Moscow


Anonymous said...

I have just seen a Union Jack on the Russian march !

NorthWestNationalists said...

So that's what they, the real Russian people think of the October Communist revolution then ?

Anonymous said...

FAR-RIGHT RALLIES INVEIGH AGAINST IMMIGRANTS AND JEWS. About 2,000 far-right nationalists, some of them giving Nazi salutes, marched by the Moscow River to celebrate the holiday, Agence France-Presse reported. The crowd, organized by a coalition of secular nationalist and Orthodox Christian groups, chanted slogans such as "Glory to Russia" and "Russians rise up." Others carried banners that read "Tolerance equals AIDS" and "For a Russian national state." One couple told the news service that they were protesting against immigrants "crowding out" ethnic Russians and what they called the "anti-people" policies of a government they said was secretly controlled by people of Jewish origin.

According to “The Los Angeles Times,” the chants included slogans against foreign immigrants and Jews, and the march, “a carefully controlled display” through a deserted area of the capital, “managed to avoid the violence and arrests” of last year's observance. “Other demonstrations around the city that were state-sponsored attracted bigger numbers,” “The Times” added. “But the rally organized by the far-right Slavic Union and the Movement Against Illegal Immigration [DPNI] drew more notice. Calls for a return to the era of Russian power and Slavic unity hold substantial popular appeal.” The newspaper quoted anti-immigration leader Alexander Belov as telling a rally: "We will free Europe! Russia will be white! We came here to say simple words: We are sick and tired of the power of occupants, of conquerors, and now it's enough. We are the real power, not those who are hiding in the Torah!"

Similar rallies were held in Vladivostok, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, and St. Petersburg, Interfax reported. In Vladivostok, more than 500 supporters of right-wing groups staged a march sanctioned by the authorities along the city’s main street. Participants carried banners of the Russian Club (Russkiy Klub) and the DPNI, Russian state and imperial flags, as well as placards saying "Russian order to the Russian land," "If necessary, 1612 can be repeated [the date of a popular uprising expelling Polish invaders from Moscow]," and "No integration but deportation." Half of the crowd were skinheads who covered their faces with scarves. Though no overt Nazi symbols were in evidence, many demonstrators carried the symbol of the Russian Club which looks like a swastika.

In St. Petersburg, two different street demonstrations held last weekend ended in arrests, “The St. Petersburg Times” reported. The “Russian March,” organized by the DPNI carrying slogans such as “Russia for Russians” ended violently outside the Chernyshevsky Gardens, as a group broke the windows of a Chinese restaurant, an Arab café, and several kiosks. Riot police arrested more than 20 activists, including Konstantin Dushenov, currently under investigation for inciting ethnic hatred, and Nikolai Bondarik, leader of the ultranationalist Russian Party.

The day before the holiday, on Saturday, an “Empty Saucepans” march against food price rises, organized by the National Bolshevik Party and Sergei Gulyayev’s recently formed “Narod” (Russian for nation) movement gathered up to 1,000 protesters. Many activists carried empty saucepans and banged them with ladles and some of them attempted to install an impromptu gallows and hang a puppet with President Putin’s initials on its chest. Police destroyed the puppet and detained three activists including National Bolshevik leader Andrei Dmitriyev. The protesters have been charged with hooliganism and breaking the rules by holding a meeting.

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