Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Strategy-31 is a current Russian project designed to organize civic protests in support of the peaceful assembly guaranteed by Article 31 of the Russian constitution. If you don't believe me, check out Wikipedia. Anyway, for every month that has a 31st day, the organization facilitates a peaceful protest at Triumfalnaya Square in Moscow in order to advocate for the Article's rights. This initiative began on July 31, 2009 with the "Choose health, be like us!" campaign. Other activities include a youth sports festival, a military sports festival, a "Pro-Kremlin" gathering, and a year ago they held a "Winter Amusements" festival. Each of these rallies has been disbanded by riot police and state police. As of January 31, 2010 the initiative has spread to more cities throughout Russia including St. Petersburg, Arkhangelsk, and Vladivostok. On August 31, 2010 the protests took place worldwide in cities like London, Tel Aviv, and New York City.