On Sunday, many local residents gathered at the spot where the young man was killed; there were even politicians. A rumour had been going around that a guard in “Biruza”, a department store, knew the killer. Suddenly, a protester called for everyone to march to the store. An immigrant was able to take refuge inside the store but another one was beaten in front of the doors. I was scared but I continued to film.
The protesters were primarily nationalists and I think some were drunk. The police were on the other side of the street. They only came in and arrested the three or four most aggressive people, but only after the damage was done.
Here, the majority of people hate “non-Slavs”. Ethnic tensions run very high and people no longer trust the justice system. These days, nationalists are on the lookout for any and all immigrants in order to mete out summary “justice”.
I understand this resentment because there are many safety problems here. But they went too far by attacking the store. And I was angry that they attacked this taxi [see the picture above] because I know the driver, and his car has already been stolen in the past.
In the video, nationalist protesters can be heard chanting slogans such as “Russia for Russians”, “White power”, or even “Allah Akbar”, which is an attempt to stigmatise Muslim immigrants from the Caucasus.
Several streets away, at practically the same time, a vegetable warehouse was destroyed for the same reasons. According to the Russian media, police detained roughly 1,200 people and launched an investigation.