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Russian Government Seeks to Ban Protest
News | March 31 2004
Testing the right to protest. That
is what demonstrators said they were doing outside Russia's lower house of
parliament, the State Duma. Police, however, moved in and detained a small
group of them, including a former MP, who is the deputy head of the opposition
MPs are set to consider
legislation that would ban protests near government buildings, a law that
critics slam as authoritarian. Earlier, parliamentarians gave the go-ahead
to separate legislation that increases the time a suspected terrorist can
be held in custody without charge. If given final approval, the law will increase
the time limit from 10 to 30 days.