Image: Pumpkin at anti-American protest
Sergey Ponomarev  /  AP
Russian police officers stand guard on a street during an anti-American protest near the U.S. Embassy in Moscow on Sunday.
updated 11/2/2008 4:32:25 PM ET 2008-11-02T21:32:25

About 15,000 members of a pro-Kremlin youth group have staged an anti-American protest near the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.

Some held lit jack-o'-lanterns for what they called the Helloween American Show, with Halloween intentionally misspelled.

On each pumpkin was written the name of someone who supposedly died as a result of conflicts allegedly unleashed by the U.S. Some of the names appeared to be those of South Ossetians.

The breakaway region of South Ossetia was at the heart of the August war between Russia and Georgia, a U.S. ally.

Mikhail Potyomkin says he joined Sunday evening's protest to show his opposition to the actions of the U.S., which he says "cause a significant number of deaths of innocent people."

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