A Moscow riot is one violent riot that erupted this week over an alleged “migrant” killing, with protesters yelling chants ranging from “White Power” to “Russia Forward,” UK News reports this Monday, Oct. 14. The rioters sere seen shouting various racist remarks in Moscow, Russia, all in dissent of a murder that has been blamed on an eastern migrant.
The Moscow riot included violent attacks against street markets, vandalism against shops, and even fights with police. “White Power” was one such comment cited often in the protests, with the hostility being spurred after the killing of Russian man, age 25, whose death is being blamed on a foreign migrant hailing from a region in Russia known as Caucasus.
According to the police report, there is little televised evidence of the Moscow riot that has so far been recorded. Although the sole confirmation being an unknown CCTV image, the rioters asserted the believed it was the Caucasus culprit that attacked and killed the man while he was on his way home with his girlfriend this Thursday evening.
Amidst these chants of “Russia Forward” and “White Power,” the protestors are causing a strong sense of nationalism within Russians, and this — in tandem with a high influx of previous migrants from Soviet republics — is resulting in heightened tensions between these newcomers and native Moscow and Russian civilians.
The natives of northern Caucasus, a majority of whom are of the Muslim faith and have mainly dark complexions, usually work at vegetable markets and shopping centers in the heart of the Russian capital.
Although the initial Moscow “riots” were said to be peaceful protests, a large group of young males began to smash windows within the city’s local shopping markets, usually owned by Caucasus migrants. The crowd continued to grow, until the violent riot began to involve protesters fighting with police when they tried to arrest the demonstrators.
These “White Power” chanters, who reached numbers of several thousand, were even said to destroy a massive vegetable warehouse where migrants from both Central Asia and the Caucasus region worked, added one source. Over 200 people have been quoted as being detained by Russian police, while an investigation on the riot is being conducted by law officials.
The death of the 25 year old and his alleged migrant killer is also being explored as an impetus of the Moscow riot by a top Russian agency.