Action on Independence Day July 27 banned in Mahilou

2009 2009-07-21T16:45:12+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The Mahilou city executive committee didn’t allow opposition activists to hold information pickets in the city center dedicated to the 19th anniversary of adoption of the Declaration of the State Sovereignty of the BSSR by the Supreme Council of the BSSR.

The answer, signed by deputy head of the city vertical Fyodar Mikheenka, says there is a special place for such actions in Mahilou – Cheluskintsev Street near house #54-a. this place is far from crowded streets. To get a permit for an action the applicants must sign a contract with the local militia, medical workers, utility services and pay them. This is nearly 500.000 rubles. However, paying for services doesn’t guarantee the action will be permitted. The action of Freedom Day wasn’t permitted two years ago allegedly because of repairing the ground. The oppositionist found out that no repair works were carried out on this place.

The response of the city executive committee notes: if the applicants don’t agree with the decision of the authorities, they can go to court. The oppositionists don’t exclude they wil do so. Despite of the position of the authorities, they are not going to give up and are ready to hold pickets and spread information about the real Independence Day.

We remind that Alyaksandr Lukashenka banned official celebration of Independence Day on July 27. The authorities mark Indecency Day on July 3 – the Day of liberation of Minsk from the Nazi troops.