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Protests continue over planned church in Yekaterinburg

Hundreds of protesters demonstrated against the construction of an Orthodox church in a park in central Yekaterinburg. Police could be seen standing hand in hand to protect a newly erected wall around the construction site after activists destroyed a metallic fence the night before. Seven people were reportedly detained during the protest. Demonstrators are demanding the preservation of the park and green spaces in the central Russian city. The governor of the Sverdlovsk region called for dialogue between the church and protesters and invited them for talks. Despite negotiations, the authorities ruled that construction should go ahead. The mayor of the city has since promised to create another park at a place chosen together with activists. St Catherine's Cathedral is supposed to be built by 2023 to mark the city's 300th anniversary.
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