Police broke up an Article 31 opposition protest in Moscow and detained around a dozen activists days after Prime Minister Vladimir Putin vowed tough action against unsanctioned gatherings. Moscow, Russia. 31/08/2010.
Yesterday Prime Minister Vladimir Putin made an announcement that protesters who gather routinely in central Moscow should "have a club on the head," police on Tuesday broke up a crowd of about 2,000 opposition supporters and onlookers and arrested scores of people.
The clash was part of a ritual that has seen demonstrators gather on the 31st day of the month in Triumfalnaya Square to press for the right of free assembly as enshrined in Article 31 of the Russian Constitution.
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Article 31 - Citizens of the Russian Federation shall have the right to assemble peacefully, without weapons, hold rallies, meetings and demonstrations, marches and pickets.