The Belarusian Congress of Democratic Trade Unions that had been planning to stage a protest against infringement of independent trade unions’ rights in Banhalor Square received an unexpected proposal from the Minsk City Executive Commission.
Simultaneously with the formal permission the Minsk Authorities demanded that the BKDP conclude service agreements with the Interior Ministry and ambulance, with six organizations in total. We must pay for their services, take the checks to the Minsk City Executive Commission, and only then we can protest.
– We are not forbidden to hold the protest action but they are mocking at out attempts. Simultaneously with the formal permission, they demand that we conclude agreements with some six organizations, pay for their service and take the checks to the Minsk City Executive Commission. This contradicts to both the common sense and the law. In addition, we have such a Jesuitical system in our country that we cannot physically overcome these difficulties. The previous action cost the BKDP about five thousand dollars, - reported the BKDP leader Aliaxandr Yarashuk to newspaper Pohonia.
So, the leadership of the BKDP is now hesitating. There are two possible ways to solve the problem: either to go to Banhalor Square or bring an action against the Minsk City Executive Commission. The final decision will be made one of these days.