Mass pension protests held in Russia, police arrests hundreds

In Russia, mass protests against planned pension reform have been held, where over 800 people have been detained, according to a detention monitoring organisation.

Canadian-British news agency Reuters reports on Monday, September 10, that video and photo footage of the protests, which were held in more than 80 towns and cities, showed the police sometimes using force to disperse rallies, beating participants with batons and dragging them away.

The city authorities did not authorize most of the meetings and declared them illegal.

OVD-Info, a rights organization that monitors detentions, stated that 839 people had been taken in custody by police on Sunday in 33 cities.

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