Minsk teachers are forced to join 'Belaya Rus'

2010 2010-11-01T16:37:37+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The administration of secondary school #121 of Minsk ordered all teachers to fill blanks for joining the ‘state NGO’ Belaya Rus which is, by the way, headed by the Education Minister, Aliaksandr Radzkou, who is also the head of the electoral headquarters of Aliaksandr Lukashenka.

The teachers can be deprived of wage bonuses or put on the ‘dismissal list’ for refusing to implement this order.

A teacher of this school (name withheld), told us: ‘Such massive joining to Belaya Rus is connected to the presidential electoral campaign. As they say in the lobby, we will be used for agitation purposes – we will have to persuade people to vote for the well-known candidate for president. I have absolutely no wish to do it. Moreover, I signed in support of another candidate, Yaraslau Ramanchuk, as I consider him the most worthy out of all pretenders for this seat. However, I have to earn money for my family, as my colleagues do. That’s why I will have to join Belaya Rus.’

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