Rioting In Russia– Protesters Clubbed, Kicked & Arrested (Video)
Mass rioting in Vladivostok, Russia:
Russia Today Video
Protesters took to the streets in several Russian cities in response to an increase in car tariffs.
Police clubbed, kicked and detained dozens at the unauthorized rally.
The AP reported:
Riot police clubbed, kicked and detained dozens in the Pacific port of Vladivostok on Sunday in a harsh crackdown on a protest that was one of dozens across Russia by people outraged over an increase in car import tariffs.
With unemployment spiking, prices rising and the ruble sliding, the protests over a seemingly mundane tariff appear to be broadening into a wide expression of public discontent — and beginning to present a genuine challenge to the Kremlin.
“The Russian people have started to open their eyes to what’s happening in this country,” said Andrei Ivanov, a 30-year-old manager who joined about 200 people at a rally in Moscow. “The current regime is not acting on behalf of the welfare of the people, but against the welfare of the people.”
Russia Today has more on the protests in Vladivostok:
On Sunday, protests were staged in several regions across Russia, including Moscow. However, the largest took place in Russia’s Far East. Here, many people earn their living by re-selling used cars from Japan.
According to one protestor, working in the import business is the only way to survive in the region.
“As for the local people, 85% survive on the auto business – unlucky, poor people we are.. look around, we are not millionaires,” said the protestor.
In Vladivostok alone up to 1000 people gathered for the unauthorised protest rally. However, as soon as protesters had unfurled their posters, police squeezed them from the spot. Some people were detained.
In another Far East city Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk between 500 to 700 people participated in a demonstration. Having gathered near the local Lada car centre, they demanded a repeal of the decision on raising customs duties and also lowering high petrol prices.
In the Far East nearly a quarter of a million people earn their living from delivering and reselling cars from Japan.