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On Victory Day, City Violence-Free

Sunday's Victory Day rallies passed without the violent clashes that had been feared, yet Moscow's mayor lashed out against anti-government protestors Tuesday for marching onto Red Square in violation of a city ban. About 15, 000 Communist and other anti-government protestors marched to the Kremlin walls Sunday on the 48th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany. But police stepped aside rather than enforce a ban against marching on Red Square. Mayor Yury Luzhkov's office said in a statement that future attempts to ignore similar city bans would create ""social tensions"" and ""chaos"" and would be severely prosecuted. The statement said that only out of respect for the country's veterans was Sunday's demonstration allowed to spill over onto Red Square, an area that has not hosted protestors in over a year.
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