Riots in Ossetia and Ingushetia After a Month of Isolation

By a comrade in Russia

Today (April 20th) there was a riot in the North Caucasus Republic of Ossetia (a subject of the Russian Federation inhabited by a people called Ossetians; they are mainly Christians and speak a language close to Farsi). The authorities in Ossetia kept silent about the real number of Coronavirus cases, and poorly organized the process of hospitalization and treatment. As a result, masses of people began to flock to the center of Vladikavkaz (the capital of Ossetia) and put forward demand to the government to fix the situation.

As expected, the month of “self-isolation”, which left thousands, if not millions of people without means of livelihood, provoked mass discontent. The day of April 20 turned out to be a turning point. Residents of Vladikavkaz in Ossetia went to the rally, some of the police refused to disperse the protesters. Demonstrators began throwing stones to the remaining guards. However, police in Vladikavkaz track the cars of protesters, and then arrange detentions right on the road.

In the other North Caucasus Republic of Ingushetia, the population massively refused to comply with the quarantine due to the fact that people do not have money. People move freely in cities and towns, work, buy food at markets, and play weddings. This has led to an increase in diseases, now in Ingushetia every day dozens of people are admitted to hospitals with a diagnosis of pneumonia. The problem is that people have no choice, they have to go to work to survive.

Meanwhile, in other cities the protests took place in the network. In Rostov-on-Don, a self-isolated rally was held in YandexMaps. People write demands to enter an emergency mode (in this case, the government is obliged to pay money for those who lost their jobs and businesses), pay money, and overthrow the dictatorship. Individual users in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Krasnoyarsk and other cities joined the rally.

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