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August 5th, 2010, 04:04 AM
A police officer goes in to the crowd yelling "****ing animals, who else wants some?". A guy asks him not to swear. The officer takes the guy out from the crowd, damages his face and takes him away, while his mother is crying.

Now about the crowd. This is a peaceful demonstration supporting the 31st law of constitution, that guarantess peoples rights to gather and show their political views. Unfortunately, the goverment has been blocking all the demonstrations and doing heavy damage to the people, who participate in them. One of those moments is seen on this video.


August 5th, 2010, 09:17 AM

Um, this is a little big to be posting for your first post. This screams "spam".

You MAY not mean it, but anyone coming on and immediately making a new thread that relates to nothing else being said on a board, a thread that is about political and personal conflict, is usually just trolling the boards and dropping leaflets to "get the word out".

While some things are appreciated, this shows no real personal interest. It feels like a ctrl-V drive-by.

Please, have the decency to come on a site and stay for a while before spreading the "good news". :(

August 5th, 2010, 10:20 AM
This is a peaceful demonstration supporting the 31st law of constitution, that guarantess peoples rights to gather and show their political views.I guess the police don't support Article 31.


August 5th, 2010, 11:51 AM
smiley's first post is hardly spam. It's a worthy news report of what is taking place now on the streets of Russia.

A longer vid regarding the Article 31 Demonstration on July 31:


The US has concerns ...

THE WHITE HOUSE (http://www.america.gov/st/texttrans-english/2010/August/20100803122810su2.236575e-02.html?CP.rss=true)
Office of the Press Secretary
August 3, 2010

Statement by NSC Spokesman Mike Hammer

Detention of Article 31 Rally Participants Raises Human Right Concerns

The United States is concerned by the detention on July 31 of Russian citizens who were participating in rallies throughout Russia to demonstrate their support for Article 31 of the Russian Constitution, which guarantees to Russian citizens the right of assembly.

The United States reiterates the importance of embracing and protecting universal values, including freedoms of expression and assembly, enshrined in the Russian Constitution as well as in international agreements which Russia has signed. Freedom of assembly and freedom of expression are also characteristics of a modern political system that supports economic modernization. The infringement of Russian citizensí rights to exercise these freedoms runs counter to our shared commitments to international norms and common interests in fostering modernization.

The United States remains committed to supporting those in Russia and around the world who are working to protect and advance the human rights and democratic values of their fellow citizens.

August 5th, 2010, 12:40 PM
Strategy 31 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strategy-31)

August 5th, 2010, 01:07 PM
The bureaucrats at work ^

August 5th, 2010, 01:41 PM
Actually...... Maybe that is a better way to get "National Dental Awareness Day" to be properly celebrated!!! ;)

In all seriousness, this is just plain dumb. One of the least intelligent things you can do at a peaceful protest, in the modern age, is hit someone with so many cameras around. You just look like a first class bully (among other descriptors) and it does not help you disperse any future rallys. This action just makes their jobs harder in the future. Maybe it was for Job Security (Security Job Security.....), who knows?

August 5th, 2010, 02:34 PM
What is the world coming to. Before you know it, some police officer is going to disrupt a group of cyclists riding down an area, say similar to time square, by knocking one off his bike in front of a crowd of people armed with cell cameras and videos. Could never happen here though.

August 5th, 2010, 02:44 PM
The other side of the coin:

This is a must see... the manipulation of a story about police brutality in France by the Brit newspaper The Guardian. The Guardian is famous for this stuff.

Title of the article is:

France's racial intolerance comes from the very top
Nicolas Sarkozy is most to blame for inciting the kind of brutality that sees immigrant women and children evicted by police.

The link is below but let me set this up for you all first:

The story is about the French riot police dragging African mothers away from a protest on the outskirts of Paris. It was a demonstration led by homeless women, originally from the Ivory Coast, who had set up a temporary encampment near an apartment building they had been squatting in that was scheduled for demolition.

Accompanying the article (it's short) is a video supposedly showing the police brutality. Read the article first and then watch the video.

Tell me what you think.

Fortunately, not even the Guardian readers were swayed by this (and that's really saying something), read the readers comments:



The story was also picked up by the NYTimes.

Be sure to read the readers comments here too.