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Germany: Protesters rally against Russian constitutional amendments in Berlin03:38

Germany: Protesters rally against Russian constitutional amendments in Berlin

Germany, Berlin
July 1, 2020 at 22:31 GMT +00:00 · Published

Around 30 activists rallied in Berlin against the Russian constitutional amendments, which the country's nationals all over the world voted on, Wednesday.

Participants of the demonstration gathered by the German capital's iconic Brandenburg Gate and marched towards the Russian embassy which served as Berlin polling station on the final day of the week-long plebiscite.

Activists chanted "Russia will be free" and "No to resetting presidential terms." They held banners reading "Russia without Putin" to oppose the potential extension of the rule for the Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The rally also took place in front of hundreds of voters queuing around the Russian embassy to cast their ballot.

The nationwide week-long vote on constitutional changes started on June 25 and ended on Wednesday, July 1. The package of amendments, which has already been passed by Russia's parliament and the Constitutional Court, includes, among many others, banning important officials from having foreign citizenship and restricting all future presidents' time in office to a total of two terms. It would also reset the terms already served by President Putin, allowing him to run for president again in 2024, potentially staying in power until 2036.

Germany: Protesters rally against Russian constitutional amendments in Berlin03:38
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Around 30 activists rallied in Berlin against the Russian constitutional amendments, which the country's nationals all over the world voted on, Wednesday.

Participants of the demonstration gathered by the German capital's iconic Brandenburg Gate and marched towards the Russian embassy which served as Berlin polling station on the final day of the week-long plebiscite.

Activists chanted "Russia will be free" and "No to resetting presidential terms." They held banners reading "Russia without Putin" to oppose the potential extension of the rule for the Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The rally also took place in front of hundreds of voters queuing around the Russian embassy to cast their ballot.

The nationwide week-long vote on constitutional changes started on June 25 and ended on Wednesday, July 1. The package of amendments, which has already been passed by Russia's parliament and the Constitutional Court, includes, among many others, banning important officials from having foreign citizenship and restricting all future presidents' time in office to a total of two terms. It would also reset the terms already served by President Putin, allowing him to run for president again in 2024, potentially staying in power until 2036.

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