#12 - JRL 7139 gazeta.ru April 9, 2003 Students sent to United Russia's anti-war rally Moscow police have detained several participants of an anti-war rally held near the US embassy on Wednesday, as they tried to throw objects at the building of the diplomatic mission. The incident occurred as a column of protesters marched past cordons set up around the embassy. Several young men tried to throw objects resembling plastic toys at the windows of the embassy before being detained by police. According to witnesses, participants of the protest action organized by the pro-Kremlin United Russia Party and trade unions threw eggs and tomatoes at the walls of the US embassy in Moscow. Law enforcers said that four activists had been given an official warning, whereupon they were released. Several thousand protesters gathered in front of the US embassy in central Moscow on Wednesday morning holding up anti-war slogans and placards. As the participants arrived they were handed leaflets, in which the organizers of the rally urged everyone to denounce the action of the anti-Iraqi coalition. The protesters also sang patriotic songs. Fresh waves of protesters, carrying anti-war placards, kept flowing on to Novinsky Boulevard, where the US diplomatic mission is situated, from various directions. Ambulances accompanied the columns of marching protesters. One man, who felt unwell, was hospitalized during the march. The protesters were mostly United Russia members, trade union activists and students from Moscow's institutions of higher education. Some of the posters that the protesters were carrying were decorated with United Russia logos. Some read: ''Do economy, not war!'', ''Columbus, why did you discover America?'', ''Iraq is not Monica, it will not go down on its knees!'', ''Bush, do not fight with the diplomats!'' (an allusion to the Sunday attack on a Russian diplomatic convoy), ''Shame on you, America!''…. Those present unanimously passed a resolution urging the United States ''to stop the war in Iraq immediately and to bring the situation back to the sphere of a diplomatic solution''. The document signed by the organizers of the rally states that ''an organization uniting mankind must be the UN, not the Pentagon''. The text of the document was handed over to US embassy officials. At the end of the rally its participants burned a doll of President Bush. Later, it transpired that students from several Moscow universities were sent to participate in the major anti-US rally in a voluntary-obligatory order, the Ekho Moskvy radio station reported citing students who took part. The radio station's correspondent said that students from Moscow State Social University, the Russian University of People's Friendship, the Moscow State University and Moscow State Institute of International Relations participated in the action. However, the administrations of the institutes denied that orders for students to take part in the meeting had been given.