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Police detain dozens in St. Petersburg protest

Thursday, December 08, 2011 - 01:34

Dec. 7 - Police detain dozens of opposition supporters who took to the streets on the fourth day in a row to protest election fraud. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: Police detained dozens of participants of an anti-election protest in the centre of St. Petersburg on Wednesday, who came out into the streets of Russia's second city for the fourth day running to demand an end to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's 12-year rule. Russian riot police, and regular police officers in riot gear led protester after protester away to waiting buses, while groups of people chanted "Shame". The protests are the latest sign of pressure on Putin to make changes after United Russia party lost ground in the parliamentary election, which showed growing unease with the 59-year-old leader as he plans to reclaim the presidency next year. The vote pointed to a mood shift after years of political domination by the former KGB spy who has built up the image of a tough leader, partly by crushing a separatist rebellion in the Chechnya region but also by brooking little dissent and marginalising the liberal opposition.

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Police detain dozens in St. Petersburg protest

Thursday, December 08, 2011 - 01:34