Tuesday, December 6, 2011

VIDEO: Russian police's crackdown on Anti-Putin protest in Moscow over election rigging

MOSCOW, Russia (Dec. 06) - Police arrested more than 300 activists as several thousands of protesters took to the streets of Moscow on Monday night, accusing the ruling United Russia party of rigging Sunday's parliamentary elections in which Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s party won the largest number of seats.

Protest against alleged rigging by Putin's United Russia Party in Sunday's election  
A group of several hundred rallied through the city and tried to reach the Central Elections Commission near the Kremlin, but were halted by riot police and taken away in buses. It was possibly the biggest opposition rally in years that ended in more than 300 detentions.

An opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, co-leader Parnas Party, said “This is not election. This is fraud, just manipulation and special operation.”

Alexey Navalny, an anti-corruption activist, said, “We should collect the information about violation. We should continue to inform people of Russia about corruption, about fraud and other crimes committed personally by Putin and is surrounding.”

The result has energized the opposition and poses a overwhelming challenge to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in his move to come back as the president.

Al Jazeeera's Neave Barker reports from the Russian capital, Moscow. Watch video below:

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