Vitsebsk: administration of trading center ‘Contingent’ has pretensions to collectors of signatures
The administrator of the trading center Contingent tried to hinder the work of a picket of the electoral team of Uladzimir Niakliayeu. The conflict was resolved only after a telephone call to the Vitsebsk City Executive Committee.
As said by Alena Famina, a collector of signatures in support of registration of Niakliayeu’s candidacy for President of the Republic of Belarus, the picket immediately drew the attention of the people. However, in some time the administration of the trading center approached the picketers and said referring to the words of the director that it was prohibited to collect signatures there.
The activists had to explain her that this year the Vitsebsk City Executive Committee didn’t take a special ruling to prohibit collection of signatures in some special places, that’s why the electoral teams had the right to put the picket near the trading center.
After the talk, the administrator started calling to different instances and eventually agreed that they could collect signatures there. However, she put the condition that there should be no litter near the picket and it shouldn’t block the access to the door of the center. At the same time, she had no pretensions to the people who sold lotteries at the very entrance of the trading center.
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