posted on Apr, 15 2007 @ 07:34 AM
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - Club-swinging riot police clashed Sunday with opposition supporters as an anti-Kremlin protest dispersed in Russia's
second-largest city, chasing small groups of demonstrators, beating some on the ground and hauling them into police buses.
It was not immediately clear what sparked the violence after the rally, which city authorities had authorized and took place under a heavy police
presence with at least one helicopter hovering above.
Although city authorities gave permission for the rally in a square on the edge of central St. Petersburg, they had banned plans for the demonstrators
to march afterwards to the city government headquarters.