Saturday, February 24, 2007

Moscow, Russia - More than 100 anarchists took part in an unpermitted anti-war march Friday. They called for an end to the conflicts in Chechnya and Iraq and for Russians to refuse to serve in the military. The demonstration was planned to commemorate the 63rd anniversary of the Stalin-era deportation of the Chechen and Ingush people from their native Chechnya to Central Asia and West Siberia.

Protesters who marched under the black and red and black flags shouted "Chechnya is not our enemy, our enemy is the Kremlin" and other chants. Three people were arrested during the demonstration and at least 12 were rounded up and taken into custody after leaving the march. Everyone was released later in the evening, most were ordered to pay a 500 ruble fine.