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Soviet riot police broke up a demonstration in downtown Moscow by members of the dissident Democratic Union and arrested 17 people in the second such clash in two weeks, a spokesman said. The official Tass news agency said that the demonstration, involving about 40 union members and called to mark the 70th anniversary of the “Red Terror,” was illegal and the police action justified. It said those arrested resembled “a Gypsy band” that shouted “incoherent slogans” of “an anti-state character.” “Red Terror” is the name for the mass arrests and executions unleashed by state founder V. I. Lenin in 1918 against opponents of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution.


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