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Russia: Riot police clash with Roma protesting gas lines in Tula01:38

Russia: Riot police clash with Roma protesting gas lines in Tula

Russian Federation, Plekhanovo
March 17, 2016 at 10:57 GMT -00:00 · Published

A stand-off between the police and utility workers against members of the Roma community took place in Plekhanovo, Tula, on Thursday. Violence broke the day before as Roma tried to sabotage repairs to the gas lines.

About 500 riot police were deployed on Thursday to protect gas workers after violent scenes the day before saw dozens of people, mostly women and children, throw stones at the workers’ equipment. The police lined up in riot gear to block Roma from the utility workers.

The presence of the OMON squads led to further clashes. At least two people were detained trying to break through the police line.

The Roma are angry about repairs being carried out on a gas pipeline, from which they were allegedly siphoning-off gas. The residents begged police not to leave them without gas, while protesting the high price of fuel and trying to prevent the repairs from going ahead.

Russia: Riot police clash with Roma protesting gas lines in Tula01:38
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A stand-off between the police and utility workers against members of the Roma community took place in Plekhanovo, Tula, on Thursday. Violence broke the day before as Roma tried to sabotage repairs to the gas lines.

About 500 riot police were deployed on Thursday to protect gas workers after violent scenes the day before saw dozens of people, mostly women and children, throw stones at the workers’ equipment. The police lined up in riot gear to block Roma from the utility workers.

The presence of the OMON squads led to further clashes. At least two people were detained trying to break through the police line.

The Roma are angry about repairs being carried out on a gas pipeline, from which they were allegedly siphoning-off gas. The residents begged police not to leave them without gas, while protesting the high price of fuel and trying to prevent the repairs from going ahead.

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