Sunday on Oktyabrskaya square in Astrakhan gathered more than a thousand people who opposed the bill, which abolishes privileges for 90 thousand veterans of labor and 10 of thousands of combat veterans. Promoted by the local authorities amendment will also reduce the social benefits many other categories, says on his page in Facebook Deputy of the state Duma Oleg Shein.

“Because at first we very long did not give approval, it was supposed to hold a rally in the format of the meeting with the deputies and we have planned it at the monument to Kirov, where and expect people to come. But just Thursday it was necessary the consent of the authorities to the rally. It is the largest speech after the mass protests of 2012,” – said Shein.

During the event, activists decided to gather near the building of the regional Duma on the day of discussion of the so-called “Social code” on 24 November. Also the participants agreed “to visit by the delegations of deputies from the United Russia party”.

The portal “Watermelon” reminds that the regional government has developed a “Social code” in order to save about one billion rubles from the regional budget. The code redistributes the benefits of local value, in particular, cancels privileges of the inhabitants, whose income more than the subsistence minimum.

According to Shein, during the action the protesters also demanded the resignation of the regional administration.

Thousands of Astrakhan demanded the resignation of local authorities, due to the mass cancellation of privileges 14.11.2016

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