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Russia shuts Red Square, detains dozens of activists
MOSCOW - Russian authorities closed Moscow’s Red Square on Sunday and detained dozens of people trying to hold a silent anti-government protest there, prompting opposition charges that they were denying Russians their right to free assembly.

Several hundred people responded to calls on the Internet to gather in Red Square outside the Kremlin wearing white ribbons or clothing as a symbol of protest, but found the iron gates to the sprawling square closed.

Police detained four people heading for the square from a nearby subway station, and later picked people out of the crowd at the gates and pushed them into buses. A police spokesman said about 55 people had been detained near Red Square “for attempting to hold an unsanctioned demonstration.”

Opposition leaders say the government violates Russians’ constitutional right to free assembly by requiring permission from local authorities for street demonstrations. Police often disperse unsanctioned rallies and detain protesters.

On Saturday, riot police detained about 60 people in Moscow and 15 in St. Petersburg, dispersing protesters shouting “Russia without Putin” and “Freedom of Assembly: Always and Everywhere!”

Activists said the authorities would have no reason to detain people simply strolling on Red Square with white ribbons. Bachina said she believed the square was closed because “the authorities are frightened.”

Police officers gave various reasons for the closure of the square, one saying it was shut for repair work, while another cited an unspecified event due to be held there.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/02/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [302 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Russians have rights?
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 04/02/2012 16:05 Comments || Top||

#2  On second thought, Guess Not.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 04/02/2012 16:07 Comments || Top||

#3  Uh-Oh, You don't say...

You're saying there's Trouble In Paradise?

Geez. Who knew?

Posted by: canalzone || 04/02/2012 22:31 Comments || Top||

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Posted by: Besoeker || 04/02/2012 09:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [252 views] Top|| File under:

-Election 2012
A Quantum Theory of Mitt Romney
Posted by: John Frum || 04/02/2012 13:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [399 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Pure spin from the party that spins Sinister* stories

*Roman word for left.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 04/02/2012 15:55 Comments || Top||

#2  As Romney pivots to the general election, the NY Times steps up to deflect onto Romney what fits Obama to a T.

Not surprising, it's what they do. They're just less and less subtle about it.
Posted by: lotp || 04/02/2012 16:46 Comments || Top||

#3  Wonder if the Times realizes this is probably their last election no matter what so they might as well go out with a bang, or if some might reign it in and try for some credibility. .
Posted by: Rjschwarz || 04/02/2012 18:22 Comments || Top||

#4  This is a hilarious article, but I remember when the aliens "Gephardtized" Steve Dallas's brain, turning him into a church-going New Age feminist vegan. I also recall McGovern and Kerry, among others, being accused of flip-flopping.

According to Wikipedia (I know, I know), the NYT mentions political flip-flopping back in 1890. (But they didn't have quantum theory back then.) Everything old is new again at the Times!
Posted by: Angie Schultz || 04/02/2012 20:12 Comments || Top||

#5  "the NY Times steps up to deflect onto Romney what fits Obama to a T"

Fine, except that this time the candidates truly aren't that different. In the case of healthcare and global warming, they even share the same staff.
Posted by: Iblis || 04/02/2012 20:58 Comments || Top||

#6  Looks more + more like NEWT + RON are indeed in a race to be somebody's VEEP.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/02/2012 22:14 Comments || Top||

#7  A Feynman diagram of an encounter between a Romney and an anti-Romney. The resulting collision annihilates both, leaving behind a single electron and a $20 bill.

OK, that's funny! But then, I love quantum mechanics jokes.

The article, however, is a fine example of how the media will do *anything* to slime whoever even looks like they might be running against B-HO. Expect a lot more before November.
Posted by: SteveS || 04/02/2012 23:07 Comments || Top||

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Mon 2012-04-02
  Twin explosions rocked Mombasa Saturday
Sun 2012-04-01
  Paris: Scientist accused of plotting to blow up 'city size of London'
Sat 2012-03-31
  Us Drone Strike Kills Four In Miranshah
Fri 2012-03-30
  France nabs at least 17 Islamists in raids across the country
Thu 2012-03-29
  Gunmen kidnap Saudi diplomat in Yemen
Wed 2012-03-28
  Syrian Troops Kill 57 amid Clashes near Lebanese Border
Tue 2012-03-27
  Terror plot uncovered when 11 suicide vests found at Afghan military HQ
Mon 2012-03-26
  Toulouse killings: Mohamed Merah brother charged
Sun 2012-03-25
  Syrian Rebel Chiefs Form Military Council to Unify Ranks
Sat 2012-03-24
  At Least 26 Dead as Tens of Thousands Rally in Syria
Fri 2012-03-23
  German court gives online terror recruiter five year sentence
Thu 2012-03-22
  Gunman dead as French siege ends
Wed 2012-03-21
  French police in standoff with Jewish school killing suspect
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