Mikashevichy: community work day instead of banned 1 May demonstration

2012 2012-05-02T17:22:10+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en http://spring96.org/files/images/sources/praca.jpg The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The head of the Belarusian Independent Trade Union Mikalai Zimin and the head of the independent trade union at "Granite" factory Aleh Stakhayevich applied to the Mikashevichy authorities for the authorization of 1 May demonstration in the city. Predictably enough, the application was rejected.

One of the aims of the action was to express solidarity with the workers of "Granite" who have established the free trade union organization and were struggling for legalizing its activity. The official reason for the action ban was that some sports contest would take place at the stadium on 1 May.

Being afraid of the action, the authorities also organized a day of unpaid work on 1 May. There are posts of road police at the entrances to the city. The streets are guarded by riot police.

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