About 50 people take part in Russian March in Penza
Penza, 4 November 2017. PenzaNews. About 50 people took part in the Russian March, which was held in the F.E. Dzerzhinsky public garden in Penza on the National Unity Day on November 4.
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As it was explained by the rally organizer Stanislav Morozov, who called himself a representative of an unregistered Penza department of the Nationalist Party, it was decided that the Russian March, which previously had been held at the Sura embankment, should be held at another place due to reconstruction of the embankment.
The event was attended mainly by the youth aged under 35 who supported nationalistic ideas. On seeing six fighters of the special police squad who arrived at the place of the action to maintain order, some of the participants quickly hid the lower part of their faces with masks and scarves.
In addition, there were members of the Penza movement "Open Russia" and several supporters of the opposition activist Alexei Navalny.
As it was reported by the "Open Russia" coordinator Olga Zhulimova, representatives of the movement did not support the Russian March but came to the event to provide legal assistance if necessary.
Participants of the rally brought posters that contained the slogans "I am Russian! It is pride, not extremism", "Authorities, stop stealing from people" and "Let us say together to these riffraff: we are fed up with you". They also had flags of the Russian Empire of black, yellow and white colours.
Several times the participants chanted the phrases "Russia will be free" and "Glory to Russia".
During the rally, speakers touched upon the issues of the low standard of living, the unity of the Russian, Ukrainian, and Belarusian peoples. They also expressed an opinion that blocking of nationalist communities on social networks was an attempt to "tighten screws" before the presidential elections in 2018. According to some activists, the elections turned into a clownery because such extraordinary personalities as Ksenia Sobchak, Anfisa Chekhova, Elena Berkova, and Alexei Panin had expressed willingness to propose themselves for election.
When the event in the Dzerzhinsky public garden, which lasted about 30 minutes, finished about a half of its participants rolled up the banners and flags and went for a walk to the city centre and the others went their own way.