Penza citizens to gather on city square rally in support of Crimea, Sevastopol
Penza, 16 March 2015. PenzaNews. The citizens of Penza will once again organize a rally in the center of the city, exactly one year after the return of Crimea and Sevastopol to Russia.
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The massive solidarity rally is expected to take place on Lenina square on Wednesday, March 18, at 17.00.
As of now, the event has not been announced publicly. Despite that, Maxim Fomin, press secretary of the governor and the regional government, wrote about the upcoming rally in his Twitter.
“At 17.00 on March 18 we invite all on Lenin square to celebrate 1 year of Crimea, Sevastopol’s reunion with Russia,” his message said.
As PenzaNews agency reported earlier, the first large-scale Penza action in support of Crimea took place on March 13, 2014, three days before the March 16 referendum on independence.
During the 2014 event, over 5,000 people took part in the rally in support of fellow Ukrainians by the Philarmonic Hall square under the motto “We don’t desert our people!”
The participants held posters reading “Russia does not desert her people,” “Crimeans, we are with you,” “We do care about the fate of Ukraine,” “Berkut, we are with you! From the veterans of internal troops,” “No to extremism,” “Russia is against death,” “Fascism shall not pass!” “Sursk families support the families of Ukraine and Crimea,” and others.
On March 18, the day when the interstate agreement on Crimea and Sevastopol returning to Russia, a public rally titled “We are together!” of about 5,000 people took place on Lenina square in Penza.
The participants held banners reading “Crimea is Russia,” “Together forever,” “One nation, one people,” “Russia does not leave own people behind,” “Proud of my country,” “No to Nazi,” “We love you Crimea,” and so on.