Automobile rally for Hizb ut-Tahrir in Tatarstan
Hizb ut-Tahrir, banned in Russia for links to terrorism, staged an unsanctioned automobile rally in the Russian republic of Tatarstan, which saw Islamist attacks earlier this year.
About 20 cars rolled down a highway in Tatarstani capital Kazan on Saturday flying Islamist flags.
The event was to welcome home a Hizb ut-Tahrir member recently released from prison.
| Golly, twenty cars? That is not what a mass movement looks like. Though to be fair, how many people |own have access to automobiles in Tartarstan?
Kazan police said it was not aware of any public event by Hizb ut-Tahrir. A local report said the rally ended before police arrived on the scene.
Unsanctioned public events are an administrative offence in Russia punishable with fines of up to $10,000.
Reports about the rally are based on a set of photographs showing a column of sedans carrying the so-called "black flags of jihad" and their variation in white rolling down a snowy Kazan highway. The photographs first appeared online on Saturday on the Facebook page for Khilafah.com, a website supporting the ideas of the Hizb ut-Tahrir.
Posted by: ryuge 2012-12-26