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"Vinaigrette" avtoprotesta deterred motorists

January 8 2009

Another all-Russian motorists protest was planned in several cities on January 8. Where the protest has come at least someone managed to gather from 30 to 50 people.

In Irkutsk per share reached as much 50. Distinguish the protesters from journalists or passers-by found the task daunting.

In St. Petersburg to hold a meeting gathered about three dozen people. Most of them - the local regulars all sorts of rallies and pickets like the head of the St. Petersburg branch kasparovskogo United Civil Front, Olga Kurnosova. Were at the meeting and representatives of regional branches of Yabloko, and Eduard Limonov's supporters. It is not excluded that some of them drive a car.

In Chita action "took place, despite the cold." This is all that is known about the protest in Chita. In Blagoveshchensk rallied under the red banner of the local branch of the Communist Party. Someone at the rally was more - motorists or activists of the Communist Party - it is difficult to answer.

In Vladivostok, the center of the protest, has twice taken to a page of central media in connection with mass actions of motorists on the central waterfront has gathered 40 people. As noted, even the opposition media, "the action planned in several major Russian cities, but not always able to conduct them."

Cost at this time and without foreign support. We recall that shortly before the New Year with the support of the protesters demands the abolition of governmental regulation, increases the import duty on used Japanese foreign cars made by Japan. "The Japanese government believes the best option does not trigger the current measure - the Foreign Ministry commented on the situation of the country. - We believe that the movement toward protectionism does not correspond to the positions of Russia, which aspires to join the World Trade Organization. "

Indeed, as analysts say, Japan's losses due to rising interest rates could reach 10 billion dollars. So the interest of Japan to the Russian protest is not surprising, no wonder TV crew eastern neighbor did not get out of Vladivostok, and even been arrested for the shares on December 21.

All this, however, does not eliminate the need for support during the crisis of domestic workers employed by companies to produce not only gases and VAZ, but Ford, Renault, Chevrolet, Opel, etc. Even at the expense of Japanese sellers of used cars. That, of course, is undesirable for Japan, but it is reasonable for us.

Indeed, protectionist measures are inconsistent with the spirit of the WTO, but it is the West exerted considerable effort not to let Russia into the world organization. And the current appeal to the spirit of free trade during the global financial crisis and look at all strange. Protection of the domestic market now seems to override the abstract appeals.

In any case, Japan has no real leverage over Russia in this matter, with which, apparently, due to rapid cooling of interest in the subject of protests from Vladivostok our eastern neighbor.

Sami protests in Russia, meanwhile, strongly crushed. It got to the internal division among the protesters. Thus, the movement of motorists' freedom of choice "refused to participate in protests on January 8. "To participate in this event, which mixed a lot of slogans, from economic to political, we consider it inappropriate," - said on the air of Echo of Moscow "the movement's leader, Vyacheslav Lysakov. As he put it, "we do not want to be the ingredients of this salad."

A Federation of Russian Motorists preparing Vladivostok new campaign, scheduled for January 10.She will be in the format of the Orange Wedding ", during which the city will drive" wedding procession ", but with political slogans and orange flags.

Moreover, the head of the Moscow office of the Federation of Russia Sergey motorists Kanaev recognizes that this is "a clear allusion to the" Orange Revolution "," pure PR stunt. " In an interview he said that it would "rally on wheels", including with slogans like "The government must resign!". "But we should understand that these slogans - just a provocation to draw attention of government. We do not need the resignation, we want to draw attention to this "- he said.


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