Thousands of Russians are throwing paper planes to protest the country’s block on the Telegram secure messaging app

Russia, Telegram, protestors, paper planesREUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

  • Protestors took to the streets in Moscow on Monday, in defense of Telegram, an encrypted instant messaging app that had been blocked by the government for refusing to give state security services access to users’ messages.
  • The more than 12,000 protestors threw paper planes into the air while chanting anti-Putin slogans. The Telegram logo is a paper plane.
  • Telegram has 200 million global users, and is ranked as the world’s ninth most popular mobile messaging service.

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Thousands of people marched through Moscow, throwing paper planes and calling for authorities to unblock the popular Telegram instant messaging app on Monday.

Protesters chanted slogans against President Vladimir Putin as they launched the planes – a reference to the app’s logo.

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But unfortunately, commuters in the great plains had to contend with Quacky last week. 

Twitter user Marc R. Wallace captured video of an enormous inflatable duck that rolled down the streets of Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday. Its name was Quacky. It wore some pretty sweet sunglasses.

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