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More than 1,000 protesters and several opposition leaders were arrested in Moscow Saturday amid sweeping protests over local elections.
Protesters assembled outside Moscow’s mayoral office Saturday to protest the decision to exclude opposition candidates from city council elections set to take place September 8, reports the Associated Press.
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The protest was organized by prominent opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny, who was arrested Wednesday for calling the protest.
“I have been detained and am now at a police station,” Navalny confirmed on Instagram. He is now serving 30 days in jail.
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Navalny was not the only politician apprehended. Several other opposition figures, including top Navalny associate Ivan Zhdanov, were also taken into custody Saturday before the protests began. All were released later in the day, AP reported.
The protests lasted over seven hours and covered two locations. The demonstrations began outside the mayor’s office but were eventually forced to relocate to a public square half a mile away. By the conclusion of the day, 1,074 of the estimated 3,500 protesters had been arrested according to state news outlets Tass and RIA-Novosti, according to AP.
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