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(en) Russia, avtonom: For freedom and direct democracy: anarchoblock at a rally on August 10 [machine translation]

Date Mon, 12 Aug 2019 09:38:02 +0300

On Saturday, August 10, at 2 p.m., Moscow anarchists will take part in an opposition rally on Sakharov Avenue under the slogans "For freedom and direct democracy!" and "Freedom to Vladislav Barabanov!" In Moscow, protests against the denial of registration of opposition candidates to the Moscow City Duma have long subsided. The authorities' response to the protest activity was, in addition to the mass beatings of protesters, detentions and administrative arrests, a new "swamp case" about the "riots" on July 27. One of those arrested in this case was our friend, Nizhny Novgorod libertarian socialist Vladislav Barabanov. ---- Anarchists and libertarian socialists are not supporters of parliamentary, representative democracy. We believe that all important issues should be resolved at general meetings of people interested in this, on a large scale - at meetings of representatives of grass-roots groups, with peremptory mandates from the groups regarding voting on a particular issue, with the right to withdraw at any time.

However, authoritarian Russian authorities do not want to allow even bourgeois parliamentary democracy - with all the so-called "representative" bodies, there are chances to pass, with rare exceptions, either pro-government candidates or pocket "oppositionists".

In addition, many people went to mass protests in Moscow not so much for registering opposition candidates for the Moscow City Duma as for protesting the policies of the regime as a whole. Otherwise, it is difficult to explain why there were many non-Muscovites among the protesters, including the arrested Vlad Barabanov.

On August 10, at 14 o'clock, an agreed rally will be held on Sakharov Avenue, after which mass walks are planned in the city center. The agenda of the event includes not only the admission of opposition candidates to the elections, but also demands to stop repressions against protesters, release those arrested and close the criminal case of "mass riots". Anarchists join the demands to release Vlad Barabanov and other political prisoners! For freedom and direct democracy!

Entrance to the rally from the Komsomolskaya metro station. Look for us by the red and black anarchist flags!

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UPDATE: In addition, on August 10, an agreed mass picket will be held in Nizhny Novgorod in support of all those arrested under Article 212 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation . Come to pl. Lenin at 14:00, do not remain indifferent!

And remember - they don't give rights, they take rights!

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