Protesters detained at Russian punk group hearing

By REUTERS
April 19, 2012 14:17

 
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MOSCOW - Russian police detained at least 13 people who demonstrated outside a courthouse on Thursday against the arrest of three members of a women's punk rock group that performed a protest song in Moscow's main cathedral, witnesses said.

The court was to decide whether to extend the detention of the three women over the performance, in which the group known as Pussy Riot sang a song against President-elect Vladimir Putin in short dresses and colored masks in Christ the Savior Cathedral.

About 60 of the group's supporters chanted "Freedom! Freedom!" outside the beige brick Moscow courthouse and some released green, pink and yellow balloons with Pussy Riot's trademark masks drawn on them.

Scuffles broke out when a Russian Orthodox bystander threw an egg at the husband of one of the three detainees. A Reuters reporter saw police drag at least 13 people off into police vans, two of them for throwing a smoke bomb.

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