Homel: another rally banned

2011 2011-11-04T15:28:29+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Members of the Belarusian Leftist Party “Fair World” intend to hold a rally on 20 November in order to discuss the socio-economic situation in Homel and the country as a whole. The head of the regional structure of the party Uladzimir Siakerka filed an appropriate application with the Homel City Executive Committee and also decided to conclude service agreements with the police, ambulance and public utilities.

However, medics and police refused to conclude such agreements. In particular, the chief physician of the ambulance hospital, Mikalai Kishka, stated that all ambulance cars would be busy on 20 November and would be unable to keep duty at the rally for two hours. The police stated they couldn’t conclude the agreement as they had no ruling of the executive committee concerning the order of concluding the agreement and payment for the services.

As a result, on 3 November Uladzimir Siarkerka addressed the executive committee with the request to discriminate why the police refused to conclude a service agreement with him. He believes that the authorities create artificial obstacles to prevent the local activists from holding the action.

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