Police raid “Free Theater” performances
8 December the police paid another visit to the Belarus “Free
Theater” in Minsk. As
the head of the
Mikalai Khalezin told charter97.org “policemen came as the day
before. They stopped the performance “Zone of Silence” and put
of all the actors and spectators”.
According to the witnesses, more than 60 people gathered for the performance.
Belarus Free Theater’s stage director Uladzimir Shcherban commented on yet another police visit in the following way:
“That is a characteristic of the incumbent authorities – the worse is the economic situation in the country, the more there are repression against artists. But regarding the BFT’s troupe and our spectators it is a hopeless case as for the eight years that the theater has been operating we have developed a stable immunity. This is why despite all the efforts of the authorities to spoil the upcoming New Year I want to state that we are preparing a couple of surprises for our spectators. And to those people in the uniform who have tried to wreck our performances two days in a row, I would like to remind that they are first of all people and would recommend them to watch these performances. That is because we cannot be remade but they still have a chance to change”.
We should remind that the day before policemen again broke in the premises hired by “Free Theater” under the pretext of being called by the neighbors. The policemen put down the passport data of the theater’s manager Sviatlana Suhaka and demanded her to prepare the passport data of all the actors.