Authorities ban local referendum about Chinese technologies park
Smaliavichy residents weren't allowed to decided
whether they needed the Chinese industrial park, created with the assistance of
The citizens, assisted by the “Speak the Truth!” civil campaign, collected signatures for holding a local referendum and addressed the Smaliavichy District Executive Committee with the request to register their initiative group. They intended to put the question “Do you agree to the construction of a Chinese-Belarusian industrial park on the territory of the Smaliavichy district” to the referendum.
According to a leader of “Speak the Truth” Andrei Dzmitryieu, they received an answer from the justice department in which it was stated that this question belonged to the competency not of the local, but the national authorities, as the decree about the construction of the industrial park was signed by A.Lukashenka. It was also stated that they could not initiate a nationwide referendum, as it is not allowed to appeal Lukashenka's decrees this way.
The civil activist and his colleagues plan to question all candidates to the Parliament (both pro-regime and oppositional) about their attitude to the construction of the industrial park without public discussion and control.