Na Rússia, é o natal quem te celebra

, por Alexandre Matias

E mais uma vez o povo está nas ruas de Moscou, na casa das dezenas de milhares, em plena véspera de natal. Diz o New York Times:

Tens of thousands of citizens converged in Moscow on Saturday for the second huge antigovernment demonstration in a month, an early victory for activists struggling to forge a burst of energy into a political force capable of challenging Vladimir V. Putin’s power.

The first such demonstration, two weeks ago, was unprecedented for Mr. Putin’s rule, and there were reasons Saturday’s turnout could have been lower — among them, winter holidays and the onset of bitter cold.

Instead, people poured all afternoon into a canyon created by vast government buildings, and the police put the crowd at 30,000, more than they reported on Dec. 10. Organizers said it was closer to 120,000. Hours later, as the protesters dispersed, they chanted, slowly: “We will come again! We will come again!”

Pra quem já dava 2011 como terminado, leia o resto da matéria lá no site do NYT.

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