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Fri Aug 23, 2013, 08:56 PM

Russian President Putin Bans Any Rallies In Sochi Before & During 2014 Olympic Games

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Source: The Washington Post

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree banning demonstrations and rallies for two and a half months in Sochi around the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The Rossiyskaya Gazeta, the official government newspaper, published the presidential decree Friday, listing an array of measures tightening security in the Olympic host city, including the ban on public assemblies. All “gatherings, rallies, demonstrations, marches and pickets” that are not part of the Olympics or the Paralympics will be prohibited in Sochi from Jan. 7 to March 21, the decree said. Government-imposed protest bans across entire cities where Olympics are held are unusual. Putin’s decree could be aimed at heading off demonstrations against Russia’s ban on alleged gay propaganda, a new law that has been sharply criticized in the West.

Among other measures in the decree are restrictions on vehicles entering Sochi. Only cars with local license plates, emergency vehicles and those accredited by the Olympic organizers will be allowed to enter the host city between Jan. 7 and March 21.

Rights organizations have voiced concerns about what they described as the “harassment and intimidation of civil society” advocates in Sochi. Human Rights Watch said in a statement that environmental, human rights and other activists have been “the targets of attacks, detention for peaceful protests and police searches.”

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/putin-orders-to-ban-rallies-in-sochi-1-month-before-and-during-games/2013/08/23/63951d94-0c00-11e3-89fe-abb4a5067014_story.html

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Reply Russian President Putin Bans Any Rallies In Sochi Before & During 2014 Olympic Games (Original post)
big_dog Aug 2013 OP
jessie04 Aug 2013 #1
davidpdx Aug 2013 #2
ProudToBeBlueInRhody Aug 2013 #3
big_dog Aug 2013 #7
AAO Aug 2013 #4
Wilms Aug 2013 #5
hrmjustin Aug 2013 #6

Response to big_dog (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 08:58 PM

1. Putin is a lying, power hungry thug.

 

Screw him.

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Response to big_dog (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 09:40 PM

2. Vladimir Putin: liar

I almost want to dare the Russians to do something so they will be exposed as the hypocrites they are.

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Response to big_dog (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 09:54 PM

3. Russia: Bastion of freedom!

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Response to ProudToBeBlueInRhody (Reply #3)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 10:06 PM

7. Putin looks like he's in a scene from 'Brokeback Mountain' there

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Response to big_dog (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 10:03 PM

4. What if the Olympians join in? Then what will puty-put do?

 

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Response to big_dog (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 10:04 PM

5. Awful. We get free speech zones in here in the US of A.



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Response to big_dog (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 10:06 PM

6. Locking-sorry but this is a duplicate of this post.

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