Aug. 12 - Police detain anti-government protesters rallying for political, economic and social change in Moscow. Katharine Jackson reports.
Police in Russia surround a protester, tearing him from the crowd and hauling him onto a waiting bus. One by one, nearly thirty demonstrators in the unsanctioned anti-Kremlin protest in central Moscow are forced to board the police vehicle. The protest one of several demonstrations on what is being called Russia's "Day of Wrath." Chanting "Fascism will not prevail!", some protesters hold signs asking the government to release a detained Left Front leader. Some protest the likely election of a woman backed by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin who would become the first female speaker of a house of parliament in Russia. Others rally for economic, social and political change...and many want Putin to relinquish power. Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev has cast himself as less confrontational with anti-government critics than Putin - who steered him into the Kremlin in 2008. The "Day of Wrath" is one of several protests activists plan to stage regularly in Russia's capital. Katharine Jackson, Reuters.