Political Analyst Says Riots in Vladikavkaz may Provoke Protests Against Lockdown all Over Russia

Political Analyst Says Riots in Vladikavkaz may Provoke Protests Against Lockdown all Over Russia

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Mass clashes between lockdown opponents and security forces took place earlier in Vladikavkaz, capital of Russia’s constituent region of North Ossetia–Alania in North Caucasus. Subsequently, Omon riot police units cleared the city’s Freedom Square of protesters.

The public uproar caused by the introduction of restrictive measures led to large-scale demonstrations of frustrated residents of Vladikavkaz. This statement was made by political analyst Boris Kagarlitski. He added that the incident in the capital of North Ossetia might turn into a wave of protests all over the country.

Let us recall recall that earlier, there were mass clashes between lockdown opponents and security forces in Vladikavkaz. Subsequently, Omon riot police units cleared the city’s Freedom Square of protesters who, in their turn, put up resistance and threw various items at law enforcement officers. Reportedly, some demonstrators were detained but the exact number of people taken to the police station was not made public.

According to Kagarlitsky, many residents of Vladikavkaz and the entire North Caucasus are not just self-employed but also work without registration of legal entities. Moreover, the father is usually one and only breadwinner in the family. The situation is typical for the North Caucasus regions of Russia. As a rule, men work while their wives stay at home and manage the household. In these conditions many people have been left without any source of income. Due to off-the-books employment they cannot even count on benefits. Therefore, the situation in North Ossetia has become extremely tense.

“People are on the verge of starvation,” said Kagarlitsky. “When they said that they had no money to feed their families, they told bare truth.”

As noted by Kagarlitski, people who came to Freedom Square expected that no one would use force against them. Numerous people are bound by family ties, and this is the specific feature of small regions with traditional way of life.

“I believe that these tendencies are likely to be peculiar to the whole country,” said Kagarlitski. “Chances are Vladikavkaz will provoke a whole wave of protests if the authorities do not take timely actions.”

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