On 6 April the authorities did not allow an action in commemoration of Hienadz Karpienka

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The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

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On the day of the 6th anniversary of Hienadz Karpienka’s death, his associates, activists of the UCP and other political groups, staged a Chain of Concerned People in Kastrychnitskaya Square.

The action in commemoration of Hienadz Karpienka and the disappeared people started at 6 p.m. Around 100 people attended the event, managing to stay there for a few minutes only. Special police armed with weapons forced the people out of the square. Those who stayed were behind the Palace of the Republic. The organizers and the participants noted that the law enforcement agency’s actions were unprecedented, because there is a regulation passed by the Supreme Court according to which such actions do not require official permission. This is not the first action held on Kastrychnitskaya Square, which was toughly suppressed by the authorities.

The UCP leader Anatol Liabedzka said that this is demonstration of fear of the Belarusian authorities. The human rights activist and the deputy chair of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee Hary Pahaniayla said that the special police follow the direct order issued by Aliaxandr Lukashenka, so they completely ignore the regulations passed by the Supreme Court.