Thousands of demonstrators went out to the streets of cities across Europe on the second weekend to protest Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Sunday.
Moscow attack on pro-western neighbor On February 24, the West imposed strict sanctions, some directed at Russia’s President Vladimir Putin himself, causing global criticism and a flood of solidarity with Kyiv.
Following Saturday’s demonstration, a rally was once again organized across the continent to condemn Russia’s actions and demand the end of the conflict.
In Brussels, police say a rally with the Ukrainian flag sea and the chanting “Russians, go home!”, “Against the war”, “Europe, take courage and act now!” About 5,000 people participated in the event.
Protesters in the French city of Toulouse, a sister city of Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, gathered behind a large yellow and blue flag, holding a portrait showing bloody Putin and labeling him as an assassin.
The shouts of “close the airspace” and “protect the Ukrainian sky” echoed throughout the city. It refers to Kyiv’s request for NATO to establish a no-fly zone to prevent Russian aircraft from contributing to the onslaught of Moscow.
A monument commemorating the 1944 D-Day landing, an important turning point in the battle with Nazi Germany in World War II, also brought about 5,000 people to cities in the north of Khan.
The Ukrainian flag was raised and many attendees flaunted the yellow and blue colors of the Ukrainian flag as seen by AFP correspondents.
Read the placard “Ukrainian people, we will not abandon you! Democracy, freedom, peace”.
“Close your eyes, close your eyes!”
In Spain, protests took place in the capital Madrid, Barcelona and other cities across the country.
Authorities said that about 800 people gathered in Barcelona’s central square “close their eyes, close their eyes,” “NATO, protect the Ukrainian sky,” “stop Putin, stop the war.” “He said he raised the banner.
“They are attacking, destroying and killing civilians for no reason,” Ukrainian Natalia Brodowska, who has lived in Spain for eight years, told AFP.
“It’s terrible, we can’t sleep or eat. I think all Ukrainians feel it, but the situation for my people in Ukraine is much worse,” 45. The old lawyer said.
Thousands of Russians rebelled against authorities About 2,500 people were detained on Sunday for protesting the war.
According to a Russian news agency, police spokesmen have arrested 1,700 people in Moscow after about 2,500 people participated in “unauthorized protests,” with 750 being about 1,500, the second largest city. He said he was detained at a small rally.
OVD-Info, which monitors detention in opposition protests, showed the number of 2,575 detainees in 49 towns and cities across Russia, and police said they used electric shockers for protesters.
Due to recent detention, the total number of demonstrators detained has exceeded 10,000 since the invasion began.
In Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, where Putin’s protests in support of Russia’s invasion took place two days ago, hundreds of demonstrators gathered to express solidarity with Ukraine.
“What happened on Friday (a pro-Russian protest) is absolutely shameful, so I want to save Belgrade’s face,” 46-year-old mathematician Zdravko Jankovic told AFP.
In Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia, about 100 people participated to support Ukraine.
Rally was also reported on Sunday in the United Kingdom, Germany, Bulgaria and Montenegro.
Thousands of protesters came down to the streets of cities around the world on Saturday, including Paris, New York, Rome and Zurich, demanding the end of the conflict.
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