Baranavichy City Executive Committee banned a picket against the Russian airbase

2013 2013-09-05T15:38:36+0300 2013-09-05T15:38:36+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

As it became known on 4 September, the Baranavichy City Executive Committee didn't authorize the picket against the Russian airbase, which social activist Mikalai Charnavus intended to hod on 8 September, the Belarusian Military Glory Day.

The activist intended to publicly express his protest against the threat of the placement of the foreign military base on the territory of Belarus. It was planned that the event wwould be attended by 10 people with the posters "Belarus – peaceful skies of Europe" and "Belarus – a neutral country".

As it was stated in the response, signed by the deputy head of the executive committee Dzmitry Kastsiukevich, on 19 November 2012 Mikalai Charnavus got an administrative punishment under Article 23.34, part 2 of the Code of Administrative Offenses for the violation of the order of organizing and holding mass events. As we have informed earlier, Judge Aksana Sarakhman sentenced Mikalai Charnavus to a fine of 3 million rubles for holding a charitable dinner at the Baranavichy cooperative market.

On this basis, the executive committee banned the picket referring to Article 5, point 6 of the Law “On Mass Events” of 30 December 1997. The Baranavichy City Executive Committee prohibited Mikalai Charnavus to hold a picket on 8 September.

Bear in mind that during the year the city authorities haven't authorized a single street action of the opposition.