In the Siberian city Barnaul, following repeated rejections of the authorities to hold a sanctioned demonstration to protest the parliamentary elections results and Vladimir Putin’s expected return to the presidency, Russian activists have started a surreal trend of toys protests- hundreds of toys arranged on the snow, holding signs reading “I’m for clean elections” and “A thief should sit in jail, not in the Kremlin”.
The city’s deputy police chief was quoted at a press conference: “Political opposition forces are using new technologies to carry out public events – using toys with placards at mini-protests. In our opinion, this is still an unsanctioned public event.”
Police has asked prosecutors to investigate the toys protest’s legality. Apparently, since then the number of people wanting to take part in the toys protest has risen.
A petition to hold another protest featuring 100 Kinder Surprise toys, 100 Lego people, 20 model soldiers, 15 soft toys and 10 toy cars has been rejected because the toys are not “citizens of Russia… As you understand, toys, especially imported toys, are not only not citizens of Russia but they are not even people,” a spokesman for Barnaul told local media.
New and sophisticated technologies indeed…
Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/ Photographs: Sergey Teplyakov/Vkontakte