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Police Break Up Pro-Democracy Rally in Russia

Activists' protest in St. Petersburg, Russia were split up by police on Saturday. Many demonstrators were clubbed by police, detained and taken into buses.

Liberals and members of Pro-democracy groups met at what was called the March of Those Who Disagree in Russia's second largest city to protest Russia's stance on democracy. Demonstrators pointed to President Vladimir Putin's government and accused them of stifling freedom of speech and doing away with democratic practices.

Riot police tried to stop the march by beating dozens of protesters, but thousands broke free and moved to the center of the city. There they rallied for about 40 minutes until police moved in again, this time detaining people and throwing them into buses.

An officer was attacked by several activists, and 20 to 30 of the protesters were detained.

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