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September 3 - Day of Compassion

September 5 2005

September 3, 2005. Exactly one year has passed since then, as has been committed a monstrous and unprecedented in its cruelty act of terrorism - hostage taking at school № 1 small Ossetian town of Beslan. 331 killings.

Across Russia on this day declared a day of mourning for the victims of terrorist acts. The whole country is in the first Saturday of September has been painted black sorrow.

In many cities have passed a variety of demonstrations of memory, but the biggest, most popular place in Moscow on Vasilevsky descent. Action "Without Words" was organized by the youth movement Nashi.

From the nearest metro station to descend (China-Town, Revolution Square) flocked to the numerous groups of people. Even at the exit of the subway were policemen, and checked the contents of large bags.

Passed a thorough inspection, met lined up rows of young people, handing out church candles. Also, all who came were handed stickers with the words "without words."

To avoid any incidents, the whole territory was divided into sectors, as a "breakwater" were servicemen of internal troops. But the atmosphere was peaceful, no one wanted such a day "to express themselves." In many ways the atmosphere of grief supported the orthodox music (Requiem, performed by the combined choir of the Moscow Theological Academy and Seminary), sounded from the huge speakers. In general, stage decoration was very succinct - a huge black banner with the inscription "Without Words" at the center. In the foreground - a huge bell.

Prior to the rally, young people who are on Vasilevsky descent had the most talking in a low voice. Some recovery, anger causes visit ubiquitous Vladimir Zhirinovsky - was going to say stormy and impassioned speech policy, it is strongly requested not to do so.

To the beginning of the event came to a large group of people with Ossetian flags, rewind mourning ribbons.

The rally began. Bell of "conspiracy." Sounded exactly 331 hit - the number of victims in Beslan. With the first sounds, people light candles on Vasilevsky descent silence. Came, standing in silence, heads bowed.

After 16 minutes of action ended, young people will gradually diverge in the area are just a group of people with flags of North Ossetia - young, old, women stand in a circle and cry. In the center of the circle, burning dozens of candles set right on the pavement. Slightly to one side are women, dressed in black, they hold the banner "What else must happen, that we have awakened?".

Going to the Metro stations are people come in many temples along the streets Barbarian.

The amazing thing - the event was an overwhelming number of young people between the ages was very small. This is despite the fact that advertising the rally's silence was plastered all underground. Maybe young people who are so often accused of callousness, not so heartless and blind to other's grief ....

According to police, on Vasilevsky descent 3 September attended by 30000 people.

Maria Pavlikova

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