BELARUSIAN LANGUAGE SOCIETY TO LOSE OFFICE
On January 12 Frantsishak Skaryna Belarusian Language Society received notification of community services about cancellation of the contract of renting premises at Rumiantsaw Str., 13. Partyzanski borough Housing and communal service demands the BLS to leave the building in two months. The official ground for such actions is the lack of premises for communal services of the borough.
Aleh Trusaw, the chair of the Belarusian Language Society, connects these events with activities of the organization, and lack of premises is a pretext for pressure. “There were attempts to close us a year ago, when we received two official warnings from the Justice Ministry. Now the Belarusian Language Society is pressed according to the scheme of the Belarusian Lyceum – first ousting from the building and closure afterward”, says Aleh Trusaw, "However, an ousting is not yet a closure. Either way, we are going to work later".
There were attempts to evict the organization from the building earlier. But the communal services offered the society to move to another building. This time there was no such offer. Now 2 newspapers and 4 organizations are registered to the address of the Society. If the society moves out, the legal addresses would be liquidated. This would cause a number of problems in the activities of the Belarusian Language Society.
The BLS leadership plans to meet with the borough administration, and launch an information campaign of support to the NGO.