Russia: 200 activists occupy Moscow plaza

Street protests in Moscow erupted on Sunday the day before Vladimir Putin`s inauguration as Russian President.

Last Updated: May 11, 2012, 19:50 PM IST

Moscow: Some 200 activists have camped out in central Moscow to protest the election of Vladimir Putin and arrests of opposition leaders.

Activists on Friday were distributing white ribbons, the protest symbol, and settling in at a plaza on a central boulevard.

Street protests in Moscow erupted on Sunday the day before Putin`s inauguration. More than 400 people were arrested after the sanctioned rally turned into clashes between the protesters and police.

Activists have been staging flash-mobs throughout town since Monday, spending nights on the street. Two most prominent opposition leaders were detained on Wednesday for disobeying police orders.

The protests have been likened to Occupy Wall Street. Yesterday was the first night when no detentions were reported.

PTI