Supporters wave red flags during a protest in Moscow. File photo/AP
Residents of Russia's capital are voting in a city council election that is shadowed by a wave of protests that saw the biggest demonstrator turnout in seven years and a notably violent police response.
City council elections are normally low-profile, but Sunday's vote grabbed wide attention after several opposition and independent candidates were denied places on the ballot.
The elections commission said there were signature irregularities in the candidates' nominating petitions. But the candidates and their supporters rejected that claim.
The ensuing protests tapped widespread dissatisfaction with Russia's tightly controlled political process, in which opposition figures are marginalized or ignored.
Two unsanctioned protest rallies were harshly dispersed by police, who beat some demonstrators and detained more than 2,400 people in all.
A later sanctioned protest attracted some 60,000 people.
This week authorities jailed President Vladimir Putin’s top opponent for 30 days and launched a probe targeting his allies but activists said they would not abandon plans to attend an unauthorised rally.
Russian police arrested more than 600 people on Saturday, including prominent activists, around a political protest in Moscow to demand that members of the opposition be allowed to run in a local election later this year.
Demonstrations broke out in Moscow after top opposition figures were barred from standing in the city vote, but they widened in scope after a harsh response from authorities.
The group was snatched by the 400 Mawozo gang, which controls the Croix-des-Bouquets area east of the capital of Port-au-Prince, police inspector Frantz Champagne told the media on Sunday.
One of the injured was a student at the university, while the rest were not, Grambling State posted on Twitter. The school student was "treated for non-life-threatening injuries", and the person killed was not enrolled at the university.
The opposition said it would accept inviting a truly neutral alternative Myanmar representative, as decided over the weekend by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).