Everyday Life in a Police State: Police Arbitrariness
On March, 18, police dispersed a demonstration being held on the Fields
of Mars against the globalization of capitalism and in light of the
presence of the heads of state of those governments that are the
agressors in globalization for St. Peterburg's 300th anniversary
celebrations. The attack occurred despite the fact that the
demonstration had only an informational purpose. Several demonstrators
were beaten and arrested, including V. Leonov - a deputy to the Leningrad
Oblast Legislative Assembly, E. Kozlov and V. Soloveychik - leaders of
the Russian Party of Communists, and many members of the National
Bolshevik Party and those of the Socialist Youth Federation.
Members of the press there to cover the demonstration were confronted by
"persons in civilian uniform" in order to ensure that nothing went reported.
Those arrested are being held in police station 79 in Admiralty Region
and are being threatened with up to two weeks detention.