In St. Petersburg truckers organized a protest rally against the system “Platon”, requiring drivers of trucks to pay tolls on Federal highways. The protesters staged a rally, after which arrived to the shopping centre in the South-East of the city for the meeting. The traffic police did not let the trucks into the Parking lot of the shopping center.
According to “Rosbalt”, the truckers held a rally in Sofia streets on the Moscow highway and ring road (KAD). Trucks and cars, decorated with flags of the Association of carriers of Russia, moving on distance 50 meters from each other to form a convoy. Thus truckers spent moving the pickets, said the Agency.
The end point of the route was supposed to be Parking at the shopping center on the South-East of the city. However, when the protesters arrived at the gathering place, the traffic police said that the passage of trucks in the Parking lot of the shopping center is prohibited. Drive is only allowed on cars. The Parking lot is a riot, told the news Agency.
The truckers left the staff of the shopping centre and asked about the purpose of the visit. Drivers said are going to hold a meeting without violating the public order. Truckers said that after even be willing to shop in the Mall.
According to the Agency, the drivers of heavy vehicles are waiting for their colleagues in cars to decide on further action.
The correspondent of “Rosbalt” reported that the protesters intend to demand the resignation of the government and Minister of transport Maxim Sokolov, who do not want to consider their problems. “The participants of the St. Petersburg protest, truckers, and other similar actions across Russia demand to cancel the “Plato”, which was introduced a year ago. And to reform the transport sector, the resignation of the Minister of transport of Russia Maxim Sokolov,” confirmed RBC Chairman of the Union of carriers of Russia Andrey Bautin.
Before the start of the rally at the venue of the trucks arrived the police, and 15 riot police, reported “Rosbalt”. The organizer of the action trucker, Vladimir deriugin has warned that the event was not coordinated and in the event of movement of the column will occur the detention of the participants.
Also drivers are asked to remove cars from billboards. The protesters decorated trucks and cars not only flags of the Association of carriers of Russia, but also placards “hands off the pockets of the people,” “Police, obey the Constitution, not a criminal order”, “No “Plato”.
Protesters in Khimki detained
Also the truckers protest is held in Khimki. It involved 25 people, and about 10 trucks and cars, told RBC member of the Khimki protest truckers, an activist of the Union of carriers of Russia Mikhail Kurbatov.
According to him, the police detained in Moscow a member of the interregional trade Union of drivers-professionals, Sergey Aynbindera. The reason for the detention was profase flags on his car, parked near the shopping center “MEGA” in Khimki. “15 police officers approached, asked to remove the flags, he refused. It twisted and was taken to the police Department”, – has told Kurbatov.