Viachaslau Hancharenka: “We Will Continue to Fight till the End”

2007 2007-01-18T10:00:00+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Tomorrow the court will hear the case of “New Life” Evangelical Church.

One day before the hearing the church community made a statement stressing that the decision of the Minsk municipality about depriving the Church of the building and land had not been cancelled. The believers are concerned about the fact that the case is dragged out, and claim that they may renew the action of civic disobedience.

Pastor Viachaslau Hancharenka says in his interview:

-- We are not going to have a hunger-strike again. We plan actions of a different kind. However, we still expect that the court will satisfy our demands tomorrow. There are all conditions for that. There are absolutely no grounds to reject our appeal.

-- What makes you think that the case is being dragged out?

-- It’s been three months since the authorities promised to solve the issue with our building. However, the problem is still here. May be this is just very slow work of the bureaucratic state apparatus. But, possibly, the authorities are playing a game again, In this case we will have to restart our actions of civic disobedience. We have no other choice. We will continue to fight till the end.

The pastor also pointed out that the Belarusian society and the international community continue to closely observe the situation around the “New Life” Church.