BPF Youth protest against education reform
On 1 September activists of the youth organization of the Belarusian Popular Front party held a protest rally against school reform.
The BelaPAN was told about that by an activist of the organization Franak Viachorka. As said by him, 25 participants lined up near the trading house in Niamiha Street. They were holding posters with portraits of historical personalities and writers, princes of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Vitaut and Alherd, Yanka Kupala, Yakub Kolas, Maxim Bahdanovich, Vasil Bykau, who, according to the picketers, ‘where affected by the school reform’ (combining the courses of Belarusian history and world history, elimination of an exam in Belarusian literature from the course of education of senior schoolchildren). “Besides, our activists were holding posters with Cicero and Orwell’s sayings about importance of learning of history,’ Franak Viachorka said.
After the participants of the rally attracted attention of policemen and special services. They decided to ‘go away from Niamiha and staged a little march towards the State Department Store, where they stood for about 10 minutes, and disbanded after a paddy wagon arrived,’ Franak Viachorka said.
As said by F.Viachorka, the rally lasted for about half an hour. None of its participants was detained.