"The Strike of Voters" gathers 200 people in Penza
Penza, 28 January 2018. PenzaNews. Over 200 people, according to PenzaNews, joined the all-Russian campaign "The Strike of Voters" in Penza, which had been announced by the opposition activist Alexei Navalny after he received a refusal to participate in the presidential elections from the central election commission of Russia.
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These were mainly young people who gathered in the Dzerzhinsky public garden to attend the public event endorsed by the government.
Supporters of Alexei Navalny, representatives of people's patriotic forces, the movements Open Russia and Vesna, Modern Age Generation, the officially registered United Communist Party, nationalists and residents who are not members of any associations were among them.
Security measures were strengthened at the place of the action. Police officers checked bags and also asked to show posters at the entrance to the public garden. Workers of the Special Police Force were on duty near the building of the Dzerzhinsky cultural centre.
Anton Strunin, coordinator of the Penza headquarters of the opposition activist Alexei Navalny, was the first to turn to those present sharing his opinion about the political situation in Russia and the civic consciousness in the society.
"The country must be improved. It is not enough just to live here, we should improve the country," he said.
Anton Strunin also expressed dissatisfaction with the fact that he personally will not be able to support the candidate whose programme is close to him.
Almost half of the rally was held in the format of a free microphone, when everyone could speak on the topic of the presidential election campaign in Russia.
Different opinions on whether it is worth participating in the elections, how important and effective the institute of observers is, and who of the registered and potential candidates for the post of Head of State deserves people's support were voiced from an improvised scene made of wooden pallets.
Despite the frost, the Strike of Voters lasted more than an hour in Penza. The event was held quietly, without detentions and conflicts.
As Anton Strunin told PenzaNews, after the end of the rally no complaints from the law enforcement agencies had been presented to organizers.