News for 2 Aug 2013
02.08.2013 Homel leftists are banned to picket due to... rehearsals of dance ensembles
The bans on mass events in Homel are getting more absurd (if the scale of absurdity can be measured). In particular, representatives of the Belarusian Leftist Party intended to hold a picket on 6 August in the only place, officially determined for such events – the ground near the Culture House of the Association of the Deaf “Vipro”.
02.08.2013 Pavel Vinahradau was questioned about the attachment of white-red-white flag to electric train
The transport police took explanations from the social activist Pavel Vinahradau concerning the placement of the national flag on an electric train for Minsk. The activist wrote about it in his Facebook account.
02.08.2013 Pickets of solidarity with Ales Bialiatski and other political prisoners are still banned
Babruisk applicants for a picket of solidarity with Ales Bialiatski and all political prisoners received an official answer that their event was not authorized. The answer, signed by the deputy head of Babruisk City Executive Committee Viktar Dziasiatnik, provides several reasons for refusal.
02.08.2013 Vitsebsk journalists receive threat letters
The same day Siarhei Serabro and Alena Stsiapanava received analogical letters with the heading “Know, what your tongue can lead you to”. Somebody, who signed as Yauhen Mishakou, criticizes there the information policy of Radio “Liberty” and “BelaPAN” and insults independent journalists. Though no names are mentioned in the letter, the author's intentions are quite clear.
02.08.2013 Baranavichy: court returned the case against Mikhail Charnavus to police
Baranavichy entrepreneur and social activist Mikhail Charnavus received a letter signed by the chairman of the Baranavichy City and District Court, Mikalai Kmita. The official writes that according to the court ruling of 29 July 2013 the administrative case against him was returned to the police so that they could correct the defects in it.