Brest authorities ban rally of solidarity with Ukrainian people

2014 2014-03-10T13:48:17+0300 2014-03-10T13:48:17+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

At 12.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. on March 10, Brest regional branch of the United Civil Party intended to hold a procession in Masherau Avenue, Lenin Street and the central square of Brest, with participation of 10-15 people.

However, the Brest City Executive Committee banned the rally, saying that the Law “On Mass Events” prohibited to hold mass events less than 50 meters away from administrative buildings.

Chair of the Brest regional UCP branch Uladzimir Vuyek reminded that the local authorities prohibited the procession in support of the Euromaidan on December 21, 2013 for the same reasons.

He regards these restrictions as a violation of constitutional rights of citizens to peaceful assemblies and freedom of expression. “We intend to appeal the decision of the executive committee and will refer to the fact that in 2013 the Brest authorities authorized May Day procession with more than 100 participants on the same route,” stated the politician.