'A special kind of bravery': Russian anti-war protestors flooding city streets praised by media and First Amendment experts

'A special kind of bravery': Russian anti-war protestors flooding city streets praised by media and First Amendment experts
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As Russia invades Ukraine, hundreds of protesters flooded the streets of Moscow and other Russian cities to protest against President Vladmir Putin's deadly attack. Members of the media and First Amendment experts are applauding those individuals who have the courage to fight back.

Monitors say more than 1,000 people have been detained in at least 44 Russian cities as of Thursday evening.

Journalists, First Amendment and media experts are praising the protestors for risking arrest to attend ant-war protests. CNN Global Affairs analyst Susan Glasser tweeted, "On such a terrible day, it's heartening to see ordinary Russians in cities across that country brave arrest to protest Putin's war. A true act of bravery in the police state that Russia has become."

ABC News Foreign Correspondent James Longman also shared footage of the unrest as he tweeted, "We are in downtown Moscow where hundreds are protesting against the Ukraine invasion. Arrests. A large police presence. It takes a special kind of bravery to protest in Putin’s Russia - especially on the day he sends his country to war."

Alexander Vindman, former Director for European Affairs for the U.S. National Security Council, also commended anti-war protesters as he highlighted the significance of the personal sacrifice they've made by participating in demonstrations. "Pushkin Square, maybe less than 1000 meters from Red Square and the Kremlin, is the cite of a significant protest," Vindman tweeted. "These people know the risks of challenging the regime. They’re on the street in-spite of major personal costs."

Other Twitter users have also commended anti-war protesters for their courageous acts at such a critical time.

Watch the coverage from CNN, below:


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