“No to war”: The Russians demonstrate against the partial mobilization announced by Putin

“No to war”: The Russians demonstrate against the partial mobilization announced by Putin

Guillaume Dominguez, edited by Laura Laplaud

Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced a “partial mobilization” to continue his military operation in Ukraine. 300,000 Russians of military age are therefore called upon to join the army. But this announcement is anything but happy for those affected, who vented their anger in 38 Russian cities on Wednesday.

The protest of the population against Russia’s war in Ukraine has been muted in the country so far. But the partial mobilization announced by Vladimir Putin on Wednesday has raised fears among some Russians. 25 million of them are potentially mobilized to go to the front. Anger seems to be gathering ground, so much so that a few thousand people demonstrated in several major cities across the country on Wednesday.

38 cities affected by the protests

According to the NGO OVD-Info, spontaneous mobilizations gathered several thousand people in 38 cities in Russia. Demonstrations with the only slogan: “No to war”. In an amateur video posted on social media by a protester, we see young Russians marching arm in arm through the streets of the capital. A protest movement that, according to NGO observers, mobilized far beyond the country’s two major cities, Saint Petersburg and Moscow.

Demonstrations also took place in smaller cities such as Yekaterinburg in the Urals, Tomsk and Novosibirsk in Siberia. Cities where until then few anti-war protests had taken place.

1,400 people arrested

The reaction to these spontaneous mobilizations came immediately from the police: almost 1,400 people were arrested. Sometimes violent demonstrations. Several videos on Twitter show demonstrators being forcibly loaded into police cars. The Kremlin’s goal is to nip any idea of ​​protest in the bud. At the same time, other videos released Thursday morning show men of all ages boarding buses to the sound of bugles. According to several Russian and Ukrainian journalists, this would be the first recruitment of the 300,000 reservists announced by Vladimir Putin.

Reference: www.europe1.fr

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