July 27, 2019 / 3:55 PM / 3 months ago

Protesters briefly block traffic on Moscow's ring road: Reuters witnesses

Law enforcement officers clash with protesters during a rally calling for opposition candidates to be registered for elections to Moscow City Duma, the capital's regional parliament, in Moscow, Russia July 27, 2019. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Protesters demanding the opposition be allowed to run in local elections in Moscow this year briefly brought traffic to a halt on the city’s garden ring road on Saturday, one of the Russian capital’s main arteries, Reuters witnesses said.

Protesters obstructed the road after Russian police arrested more than 600 people, including prominent activists.

The incident happened about 2.5 km (1.5 miles) from the Kremlin after protesters bypassed a police car that had tried to block their path.

Traffic resumed as normal after guardsmen clad in full riot gear dispersed the crowd.

Reporting by Reuters reporters; Writing by Andrew Osborn; Editing by Edmund Blair

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