Svetlahorsk: picket is banned because of sportive-cultural event
According to the head of the
Svetlahorsk district organization of the Belarusian Leftist Party
“Fair World” Siarhei Daineka, Svetlahorsk District Executive
Committee didn't allow members of the party to hold a picket in the
recreation and leisure park on 10 August.
“We intended to hod a picket not only draw the public attention to the ideas of our party, but also in order to solve one of the main issued in the city – the terrible state of the park”, said Siarhei Daineka. “In the denial signed by the deputy head of the executive committee chairman of the executive committee Miarkulau it is stated that at this very time, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the cultural event “Youth. Health. Way of Life” will be held in the park. I should say that such event was really held there at that time. However, we didn't notice any police or medics there, though were always required to enter into service contract before holding mass events. Children were present at the sportive events and it is unclear for me why the authorities ignored this demand.”
Siarhei Daineka says that though the authorities determined the park as a place where opposition's mass events can be held, they haven't authorized any such events there, always finding various reasons to ban them.
Bear in mind that these days similar denials have been received by “Fair World” members in Homel and Zhlobin.