The rallies against the pension reform on July 3 took place in dozens of Russian cities. Their organizers were a variety of political forces: trade unions, Communists, Navalny’s headquarters, city deputies and ordinary activists. About half of the events were agreed by the authorities, but the urban outskirts proposed as sites.
Despite the downpour with thunderstorms and the need to go to the outskirts of the city, where the authorities coordinated the site, about 1,500 people gathered in the square near the motor track DOSAAF, including residents of other cities of the region.
For the Kemerovo region, the question of retirement age is particularly acute. The same Kuzbass miners live on average 62 years, which means that the risk of dying right at work after the reform grows many times, participants are concerned, among which there are miners.
“They say that all progressive mankind retires at the age of 65-67, but I would like to ask: after all, progressive humanity – the same Europe – lives 10 to 13 years longer,” said Oleg Marshalko, chairman of the Federation of Trade Union Organizations of Kuzbass.
One of the participants, Evgeni Valentiev, says that it is too early to make such changes as increasing the retirement age: “I think our government can find this money from other places.”
Sitting at home, typing at the computer makes no sense, it is necessary to unite, “Artem Vishnevsky is sure.
At the rally in Kemerovo, the participants declared a collective protest of the regional trade unions. The resolution will be sent to the presidential administration, the government and the State Duma.
In Khabarovsk, people gathered under the windows of the city council. A full-fledged rally to the trade unions was not coordinated, we had to confine ourselves to a picket of several dozen people.
Participants hope that the meeting will be able to change the situation, “maybe the government will come to its senses,” they hope.
In Yekaterinburg, the authorities did not let the rally even despite the fact that the city said goodbye to the football World Cup last week. Today’s refusal of officials was motivated by the fact that all available sites are already occupied with other shares.
“People demand, people are unhappy, people are outraged, but the Ministry of Public Security responded with an official letter that it is at this time that other events are being held,” said Konstantin Anisimov, coordinator of the Left Front movement in the Sverdlovsk region.
One of the sites, according to the administration, is busy with an action in honor of the liberation of Minsk from the Nazi invaders. But none of the allegedly occupied seats activists of the “Left Front” did not find any events.
In June, the government submitted to the State Duma a bill to raise the retirement age in Russia from 55 to 63 years for women and from 60 to 65 for men. The first reading in the State Duma can be held on July 19.
The first rally against the pension reform took place in Novosibirsk on June 16, when several hundred people took part in it. June 28 there was an action in Novosibirsk.
The Confederation of Labor of Russia, the all-Russian union of trade unions, announced the coordination of protest actions against raising the retirement age in 30 Russian cities.
All-Russian protest action in the cities where the World Cup matches do not pass, was also announced by opposition politician Alexei Navalny. The authorities of Lipetsk, Belgorod, Krasnodar, Khabarovsk, Murmansk, Komsomolsk-on-Amur and Stavropol allowed rallies, however, suggesting alternative sites for their conduct.
On July 1, protests took place across Russia, the most massive – in Omsk: it came to more than 4 thousand people. Seven people were detained in different cities