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Strategy-31: Defend Freedom of Assembly!


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Amnesty International Finnish section invites you to join a demonstration in support of the freedom of assembly in Russia on Monday 31 May 2010 at 6 pm outside the Russian Embassy in Helsinki (Tehtaankatu 1).

The 31st Article of the Russian constitution guarantees freedom of assembly. Demonstrations for the freedom of assembly have taken place in Moscow and cities throughout Russia on the 31st day of every month that has 31 days.

The first demonstration as part of the Strategy-31 campaign was held on 31 December 2009. Police detained the organisers, including 82-year-old veteran dissident Lyudmila Alexeyeva. Most subsequent demonstrations have been banned as well.

You can take part in an “online demonstration” on 31 May 2010 by sending in your photos to tall93time@photos.flickr.com and writing “tags: russia-may-31” in the body of the message. The subject line acts as the photo caption in Flickr.

Besides Helsinki, demonstrations in support of the freedom of assembly in Russia will be held in several other cities throughout Europe. Amnesty International Finnish section will have a live photo feed of the demonstration:

http://www.amnesty.fi/mita-tapahtuu/mita-sina-voit-tehda/maakoordinaatiot/venaja


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