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Police Break Up Anti-Putin Protest in Early Morning Raid

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- A week-long opposition protest against President Vladimir Putin has been broken up by police after authorities raided the demonstration early Wednesday morning in central Moscow. 

Police carried out the raid after a court ruled the protest was disturbing nearby neighbors. A few dozen people were forced out of the square just as dawn was breaking and several others were detained as they resisted, police said. Within hours after the raid, however, organizers had already regrouped at another square nearby.

The camp was set up a week ago in a silent protest against President Putin, but authorities said they had no basis to arrest them since they weren't chanting or carrying signs.

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