#OccupyAbai

#Occupyabai is a Russian variant of Occupy Wall Street to fight for democracy, basic human rights, fair elections and to ask for liberation of several opposition leaders including Sergei Udaltsov and Alexei Navaln from Moscow prisons. On May 10 the opposition protesters have gathered to occupy Chistye Prudy Square under the statue of a famous Kazakh poet and philosopher Abai Qunabaiuli who is considered to be a cultural reformer toward European and Russian cultures.Inspired by the movement Occupy Wall Street, Russian opposition protesters are planning to demonstrate 24 hours a day.

According to tweets of Ilya Yashin, Russian opposition leader:  “Occupy Abai is happening. It is a sort of a joke of course, we have nothing against Abai, so Occupy Abai is a hashtag on the internet.” 

Following #Occupyabai on Twitter: people show absolutely no violence, no alcohol, some protesters are sleeping, playing table games, singing, some famous Russians showed up like Ksenya Sobchak, Vladimir Solovyev, many journalists and citizen journalists mainly from Russia. #Occupyabai on Twitter check some statistics here.

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