Homel: prayer within the framework of "Solidarity Wave" held under vigilant watch of "observers in civvies"

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On 3 March in Homel members of the the organizing committee of the Belarusian Christian Democracy party held a prayer in support of political prisoners and handed out informational materials about the Belarusian citziens who are kept in jail because of their convictions, civil and political activities.

Bear in mind that the "Wave of Solidarity", initiated by the organizing committee of the BCD, will last up to 25 March, Freedom Day. "The question of political prisoners is considered to be one of the most fundamental and there can be no talks about any dialogue or contacts with the authorities until it is solved. This is the problem which unites our democratic community," stated the coordinator of the organizing committee of the BCD in Homel region Yury Klimovich.

The prayer was held under a BCD flag near one of the memorial crosses installed on the 9th kilometer of the highway Homel-Chernihiv, where thousands of people had been shot dead during Stalin's repressions.

"We decided to hold the prayer here, as far as it is probably the only place outside the city where we can gather, as far as the authorities don't authorize any pickets or rallies. That's why the only thing left to us is to gather outside the city, in the place where our ancestors are buried. Here, on the both sides of the highway, NKVD officers killed people. This holy place is where we chose to gather," said the BCD coordinator.

The action was observed by unknown people in civvies who shot it on the video, but created no obstacles to its participants.