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Tuesday
Jun122012

Anti-Putin Rally to Be Held in Moscow After Cops Raid Protesters' Homes

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- Another massive opposition rally is scheduled to take place in central Moscow on Tuesday as protesters seek to keep up the pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin.

On Monday, Putin launched a pre-emptive strike, as police raided the homes of several prominent protest leaders.  They reportedly seized laptops, anti-Kremlin material and over a million dollars in cash.  Those leaders have also been called in for questioning on Tuesday, a national holiday in Russia.  This will likely prevent them from attending the march and rally.

Authorities said the raids were part of an investigation into violence against riot police during the last protest in May, on the eve of Putin’s inauguration.  Analysts, however, say the raids were meant to intimidate the opposition and discourage protests.

Moscow authorities granted a permission for 50,000 people to gather near Pushkin Square and march to a rally point Tuesday afternoon.  Opposition leaders, however, remain divided about how best to keep up the momentum and what the next steps should be.

Crowds at protests since Putin won a third term as president in March have been much smaller than the ones that turned out spontaneously in December after the ruling United Russia was accused of massive fraud in parliamentary elections.  Such protests would have been unimaginable in Russia just months before.

During the last protest on May 6, tens of thousands of people -- an unexpectedly large crowd, but still smaller than December’s turnout -- marched to a spot near the Kremlin, but a planned rally never took place.  What happened next remains unclear, but a group of protesters tried to advance past lines of riot police, either to try and approach the Kremlin or to spread out into a nearby park.

After a brief sit-in, skirmishes between some protesters and riot police ensued.  Rocks, chunks of asphalt and bottles were thrown at police, who surged into the crowd to grab those who they believed were responsible for the violence.  Some appeared to be detained at random, and many who resisted were severely beaten.

By the end of the day, dozens of police were injured, hundreds of protesters were arrested and a handful of riot helmets were bobbing in the nearby river.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Aug242011

Glenn Beck Heads 'Rally to Restore Courage' in Israel

Michael Caulfield/WireImage(JERUSALEM) -- Controversial former Fox News talk show host and radio personality Glenn Beck has been in Israel all week, leading a number of rallies to show his support for the Jewish State.

The finale will come Wednesday night in Jerusalem's old city, in a rally being dubbed "Rally to Restore Courage."

Beck has billed the last rally as an event where people of all faiths will pledge their support for Israel and the Jewish people.  But his audience Wednesday night will mainly be American evangelical Christians and other conservatives.

Some Israeli politicians and many in the public find Beck too controversial to support. Beck recently implied social protesters in Israel were communists.

Others don't trust the man who gave credence to Jewish conspiracy theories and wonder if he's using Israel to restore his image after the rocky end of his cable news career.

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