Mahiliou activists apply for authorization of festivities dated to 95th anniversary of Belarusian People's Republic

2013 2013-03-11T17:43:47+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The activists ask Mahiliou City Executive Committee to authorize the festive actions in honor of the proclamation of the Belarusian People's Republic and take an active part in them.

"This time, we chose another format for our actions", says the head of the Coordinative Board of Mahiliou regional coalition of democratic forces, Yury Novikau. "We refused from the traditional format of rallies, pickets and processions and intend to hold real festivities with dances, reading of poems, etc. We would also like the local authorities to join our initiative," commented the activist.

According to Mr. Novikau, the festive actions will be held at 6 p.m. on 24 March in the city center. The concrete place will be announced as soon as the city authorities grant the application.

"The date wasn't chosen by chance. The sitting of the Council of the Republic, at which the Belarusian People's Republic was proclaimed as an independent and sovereign state, started on 24 March 1918 and lasted for almost 20 hours. In those times, the idea to proclaim the Belarusian Popular Republic was upheld by the majority of delegates, and this fact must be counted with," says Mr. Novikau.

It's worth mentioning that the application for the action was filed by Yury Novikau, an activist of the Free Trade Union of Belarus Siarhei Famin and the head of Mahiliou regional branch of the Belarusian Popular Front Zmitser Salauyou.