Mobilization protestors again clash with police in Dagestan
Rally against mobilization in Dagestan (Photo:Screenshot of the video We can explain / Telegram)
Riot police in Dagestan started detaining people at mass rallies against mobilization in Russia, a number of local Telegram channels reported on Sept. 26, as fresh protests against the Russian war call-up continue.
Protesters clashed with police on the square in the center of Makhachkala, the capital of the Republic of Dagestan, part of the Russian Federation, the “We Can Explain” Telegram channel reports.
Eyewitnesses said police were beating protesters, while National Guard officers threatened journalists and demanded that video footage of their arrests be erased.
The police also used tear gas against the protesters. About 100 people came to the protest in Makhachkala, reports the Kavkaz.Realii Telegram channel.
In addition to Makhachkala, protests took place in Khasavyurt, in the west, close to the neighboring Republic of Chechnya, with about 100 people took to the streets against the mobilization there. The police began to arrest people, while the protesters resisted them, video from the opposition Telegram channel 1Adat shows.
People unhappy about the mobilization also gathered in Nalchik, the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria, a federal subject of Russia in the Caucuses region. They confronted local officials, who refused to tell them how many men from the republic are to be drafted.
Large-scale protests in Makhachkala against mobilization and the war with Ukraine began on Sept. 25. At the same time, residents of the village of Endirey in the Khasavyurt district of Dagestan blocked the Khasavyurt-Makhachkala federal highway. The police tried to disperse protesters by firing into the air.
Earlier, on Sept. 22, the federal highway in Dagestan’s Babayurtovsky District was also blocked in protest against the mobilization. On the same day, a video of a riot near a military registration and enlistment office in Dagestan appeared on social networks.
Kremlin dictator Vladimir Putin announced a "partial mobilization" in Russia on Sept. 21.
According to official data from the Russian Defense Ministry, the plan is to draft about 300,000 reservists. However, the part of the published decree ordering the mobilization dealing with the number of draftees is marked only “for official use.”
According to Russian opposition media, the secret paragraph of the plan details the mobilization of around one million Russians for the war in Ukraine. The Kremlin is also mainly mobilizing people from national minorities, which has led to accusations that Russia is using the war call-up to conduct ethnic cleansing.
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