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Yeltsin Sets Limits on Protests

October 20, 1998

MOSCOW (AP) _ Russian President Boris Yeltsin has set limits on when and for how long protests can be held in Moscow, Russian news agencies said Tuesday.

Yeltsin signed a decree saying protests cannot last longer than five days and must be held between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.

The decree appears aimed at preventing protests similar to one coal miners held for four months to push their demands for overdue wages and Yeltsin’s resignation. The last two dozen miners took down their tents outside the Russian government headquarters and went home this month.

The reports from the ITAR-Tass and Interfax news agencies gave no more information.

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