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Russia Protests: Occupation Of Moscow Square

AP  |  Posted: Updated: 05/17/2012 2:01 pm

Associated Press

MOSCOW — Several dozen people continue to occupy a square in central Moscow after some of their fellow protesters were detained Wednesday night.

Police detained about 20 activists at Kudrinskaya Square where demonstrators had moved after police uprooted them from another camp in the latest move in a broadening crackdown on opponents of President Vladimir Putin.

Twenty to thirty protesters remained on the square Thursday morning. Some were catching up on sleep, lying on benches. Others were doing morning exercises.

A demonstration of at least 20,000 a day before Putin's May 7 inauguration turned into a fierce battle with police. In the following days, opposition founded a camp on a tree-lined central boulevard before it was uprooted Tuesday night and moved to Kudrinskaya square.

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  • Protesters try to block the street in downtown near the opposition camp in Moscow, late Wednesday, May 17, 2012. Russian police uprooted a protest camp in central Moscow that has become a center of opposition activity, rousting demonstrators in an early morning raid Wednesday hours before a deadline to leave. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)

  • Police officers detain a protester, with Opposition leader Ilya Yashin, foreground second left, in the opposition camp in Moscow, Thursday, May 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)

  • Police officers try to disperse protesters in the opposition camp in Moscow, late Wednesday, May 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)

  • Police officers disperse protesters in the opposition camp in Moscow, late Wednesday, May 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)

  • Russian youth opposition protesters, evicted by police from a protest camp at Chistiye Prudy, relax at a new site chosen for their camp in downtown Moscow, Wednesday, May 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

  • Russian youth opposition protesters, evicted by police from a protest camp at Chistiye Prudy, relax at a new site chosen for their camp in downtown Moscow, Wednesday, May 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

  • Russian youth opposition protesters, evicted by police from a protest camp at Chistiye Prudy, relax at a new site chosen for their camp in downtown Moscow, Wednesday, May 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

  • Two opposition followers with a white ribbon, as a symbol of protest, rest at the site of one of 7 sky-scrapers built by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin after they were disperse by police from the park around Chistiye Prudy, or Clear Ponds, in Moscow, Wednesday, May 16, 2012. (AP Photo /Alexander Zemlianichenko)


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