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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Opposition Protests Billed

Opposition groups are planning several marches and memorial events to mark the anniversary of the armed clashes between government troops and opposition demonstrators that killed 147 people in Moscow last October, organizers said Wednesday.

Demonstrators will gather at Oktyabrskaya Ploshchad at 12 P.M.on Sunday, Oct. 2, and march along the Garden Ring to Smolenskaya Ploshchad for a 1 P.M. memorial service. Cossacks and parents carrying portraits of young people killed in the fighting will then lead a march to the White House, the focal point of last year's crisis, organizers from the hardline Working Moscow and other groups told a press conference.

On Monday, Oct. 3, demonstrators will march from Smolenskaya Ploshchad to the Moscow government office tower near the White House, which opposition forces stormed last year. On Tuesday, they will gather at the fence encircling the White House from 6:30 to 7:30 A.M.

Last year's crisis erupted Oct. 3 when a power struggle between President Boris Yeltsin and hardline members of the parliament he had dissolved erupted into violence, and culminated Oct. 4 when Yeltsin ordered tanks to bombard his opponents as they occupied the White House.