Opposition rallies not welcome in downtown Vitsebsk

2009 2009-08-28T16:49:17+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en http://spring96.org/files/images/sources/pershamaj_vitebsk.jpg The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Vitsebsk city authorities have arrived at a decision to restrict the number of locations for holding pickets and rallies to three places on the outskirts of the city, thus putting a ban on organizing mass actions in downtown Vitsebsk.
The same decision also regulates the procedures of holding demonstrations, including permits by local police, medical and utility departments.
Local pro-dem activists have repeatedly called upon the city authorities to authorize holding rallies in the city center. However, the officials are still afraid of letting opposition activists hold actions in downtown Vitsebsk.