Vileika: court turned down appeal against ban of solidarity action

2011 2011-05-16T10:43:07+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Yauhen Parchynski, an activist of Free Region, appealed the ban of the Freedom Day action, signed by Viachaslau Durnou, Deputy Chair of the Navapolatsk Town Executive Committee.

The action was banned because of the stated aims: the organizers wanted to express their solidarity with political prisoners. According to Mr. Durnou, the action that took place in Minsk on 19 December 2010 was non-constitutional and therefore there couldn't be any actions of support to the people who took part of it.

However, no trials of participants of the action took place by the time of the action. That's why Mr. Parchynski considered the action ban as groundless.

But Judge Alena Vertashonak took the side of the town authorities. Moreover, she didn't let the Polatsk democratic activist Viktar Kalesnik to participate in the trial as the public representative of Yauhen Parchynski. Moreover, later she ordered him to leave the court hall, accusing him of contempt of the court.

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