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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Zyuganov Marches on Anniversary

Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov led a solemn march of over 1,000 people across downtown Moscow on Friday on the third anniversary of a bloody battle between government forces and armed opposition.

The marchers laid flowers on a wooden memorial cross near the Russian government building, which served as headquarters for the rebellious parliament and was pummeled by government tanks.

"Civil war was unleashed right in the middle of Moscow,'' said Zyuganov. "No government has the right to shoot defenders of the constitution or send troops against its own people.''

Demonstrators carrying red Soviet flags and old Russia's imperial banners along with portraits of those who died in the fighting walked slowly as funeral music sounded from loudspeakers.

A heavy police escort accompanied the rally, which was peaceful.

The events of Oct. 3-4, 1993, were triggered by President Boris Yeltsin's decision to dissolve Russia's Soviet-era parliament which had continuously tried to block his free-market reforms.

The lawmakers refused to disband and barricaded themselves in the White House. The standoff erupted in street violence when an angry mob of supporters broke through police lines into the building and sent security forces fleeing on Oct. 3.

On Oct. 4, Yeltsin called in troops and tanks that pounded the parliament into submission.