Human rights defender reminds Maladechna citizens about Ales Bialiatski
As the city authorities prohibited Maladechna
dweller Eduard Balanchuk to hold a picket at the central square, he walked
there wearing a T-shirt “Freedom to Ales Bialiatski” in order to remind about
the anniversary of the arrest of the well-known human rights defender. The
police didn't pose any pretensions to him.
As said by Eduard, during this walk he talked to acquaintances and occasional passers-by and found out that many people read independent press and were well-aware of the problem of political prisoners. He also thinks that some of the people who watched his walk from a distance with interest could come to the square as they knew about the picket he intended to hold at the central square of Maladechna.
The action was banned by the Maladechna City Executive Committee as it could allegedly hinder the functioning of the children's attractions which would work at that time. However, at the time of the action the square was almost empty – there were just a couple of children's automobiles and a trampoline. Only three children were playing there.