Russian police did not allow march in support of peace with Ukraine to walk through St. Petersburg

The police did not allow an unauthorized peace march in St. Petersburg to pass along Nevsky Prospekt. A total of about 200 people participated in the march.

The march, scheduled for September 24, the International Day of Peace, was to start at 2 p.m.

According to the publication Fontanka, by that time the participants of the march had gathered near the Kazan Cathedral, and 40 minutes later were to head towards the Senate Square along the main thoroughfare of the city. The police blocked part of the group from departing, so the protesters stayed at the cathedral. Protesters holding yellow and blue balloons, as well as white balloons with an image of a dove on them, went to the Admiralty.

The police used loudspeakers to warn the crowd that permission was not given for the march, and the protestors would be arrested.

On September 21, at the request of the Prosecutor General's Office, a VKontakte page belonging to the event organizers was blocked. The participants of the action called for peace with Ukraine. The city authorities did not approve to the march.

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