Violent Arrests after Putin’s Mobilization Announcement

Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP

Following the Russian president’s speech on the military call-up of hundreds of thousands of citizens, disorder spread over the country.

In the middle of the night, chaos invaded the streets of Moscow, as protestors and riot police clashed following Putin’s announcement of troop mobilization. In the midst of the dissaray, officers wearing riot gear violently seized hold of civilians struggling to fight them off.

Men and women assembled together outside, howling and screaming, as a handful of them
were knocked down by the police forces. Anguish and distress covered the crowd’s faces while they witnessed the brutal arrests of the demonstrators grabbed forcefully by the hands and bowled over the road.

On the right, phone cameras were pointed towards a woman on the ground who was struggling to stand up, as another ran to her rescue. Across the street, less agitated demonstrators wearing yellow vests directed their attention to another scene. One of them was holding up his phone, attempting to video record another arrest.

Uniformed officers rushed towards the agitated civilians in an attempt to restore order, as the riot police officers struggled to get hold of them.

Violent protests hit the capital, as President Vladimir Putin announced a partial military mobilization for the first time since the Second World War. In his speech last Wednesday, Putin stated that 300,000 Russian citizens from the military reserve will be called out for mobilization.

The televised address caused disorder throughout the country, and hundreds of civilians were detained while others attempted to flee. Putin’s decision provoked much criticism in the UN General Assembly, as many Russian lawmakers voiced their concern over the move.

Dihia Kaddour

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