May 17, 2012 Avtonom
Eventually protesters attempted to block Sadovaya ring road, but cops quickly cleared them. OMON also managed to disperse chains.
Evening assembly, which was disturbed by arrest, made a majority decision to stay in the Kudrinskaya square only when OMON makes an all out attack against the camp.
Eventually police administration promised that as long as protesters are not trampling the grass (original camp in Kubai statue was evicted after protestors allegedly trampled grass), and promised to release arrested, with exception of those who pierced tyres of police vans and assaulted riot police. Assembly participators were wondering, how come police may define, who should be kept under arrest. After a short discussion, it was almost unanimously decided that there will not be a compromise with police, and all of the 20 arrested kept in Presnenskoye police station should be released.
Protesters saw, how a group of arrested was taken from a van with pierced wheels to another van. Arrested were shouting that police beats them, and does not allow them to take their property with them.
Main accomplishment of 16th of May is that camp in Revolution square managed to defend itself.
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