Readers defend “Hazeta Slonimskaya”
On 9 September the member of the Slonim
organization of the Belarusian Christian Democracy Ales Maisiuk filed
an application to the Slonim District Executive Committee to get a
permission for the picket he intended to hold on 29 September in the
According to Mr. Maisiuk, the picket will be dedicated to the protection of “Hazeta Slonimskaya” and the right of residents of the Slonim area to subscribe to the independent edition at the Belarusian post and buy it at the newsstands of “Belsayuzdruk”.
Slonim residents have been trying to protect their right to subscribe to “Hazeta Slonimskaya” and buy it at the newsstands for several years already. This year more than 500 people signed appeals to various state instances in which the authorities were asked to include the newspaper in the subscription catalog of the Belarusian post and let it be sold at the newsstands of “Belsayuzdruk”. However, the local authorities continue ignoring these requests.