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100,000 Russians march on Red Square in patriotic fervour

Published on May 1, 2014 4:22 PM
 
People walk through Red Square with flags and banners during a rally in Moscow May 1, 2014. Some 100,000 workers on Thursday paraded on Red Square for the first time since the 1991 Soviet break-up as the takeover of Crimea triggered a surge of patriotism and boosted Russian President Vladimir Putin's standing. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW (AFP) - Some 100,000 workers on Thursday paraded on Red Square for the first time since the 1991 Soviet break-up as the takeover of Crimea triggered a surge of patriotism and boosted Russian President Vladimir Putin's standing.

A huge column of demonstrators waving Russian flags and balloons marched through Moscow's iconic square near the Kremlin walls as trade union leaders addressed them from the podium on International Labour Day.

"Putin is right", "Proud of the country" and "Let's support decisions of our president" read the banners carried by the smiling demonstrators, a colourful spectacle harking back to Soviet times.

Moscow police said more than 100,000 people took part in the "march of trade unions" on Red Square.

 
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