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01-26-12, 11:04 AM #1
Russian dolls protest after Siberian activists' requests for permission to protest were deniedPolice in the Siberian city of Barnaul have asked prosecutors to investigate the legality of a recent protest that saw dozens of small dolls – teddy bears, Lego men, South Park figurines – arranged to mimic a protest, complete with signs reading: "I'm for clean elections" and "A thief should sit in jail, not in the Kremlin".
"Political opposition forces are using new technologies to carry out public events – using toys with placards at mini-protests," Andrei Mulintsev, the city's deputy police chief, said at a press conference this week, according to local media. "In our opinion, this is still an unsanctioned public event."
Activists set up the display after authorities repeatedly rejected their request to hold a sanctioned demonstration of the kind held in Moscow to protest disputed parliamentary elections results and Vladimir Putin's expected return to the presidency in a March vote.
Passersby admired the display with giggles, but police took it more seriously, examining its details and writing down each placard.Police have tried to pressure them into shutting down the doll protests, organisers said. "They tried to tell us our event was illegal – they even said that to put toys in the snow, we had to rent it from the city authorities," Alexandrova said.
01-26-12, 11:19 AM #2
That's a bit of awesome. Love the idea of a toy protest. Much more quiet and civilized than the standard.
01-26-12, 12:51 PM #3
So, do the toy soldiers come and put them on time out in the toy box?Romans 8:28-31
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01-26-12, 03:28 PM #4
Ha!^Do not war for peace. If you must war, war for justice. For without justice there is no peace. -me
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01-26-12, 04:15 PM #5
01-26-12, 06:08 PM #6
Can we convince the "occupiers" to "protest" like that?Arm the sheep!
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