Vitsebsk: Tatsiana Seviarynets treated as an old offender already

2011 2011-11-14T17:36:25+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On 8 October Tatsiana Seviarynets, Vitsebsk coordinator of the organizing committee of the Belarusian Christian Democracy Party, held the People's Assembly in Vitsebsk. On 26 October the police charged her with the “organization of an unauthorized mass event”. Two weeks later they also recalled that she had committed this “offense” repeatedly. That's why on 11 November they came to her home in order to draw a new violation report.

“First of all, I am charged under Article 23.34 of the Code of Administrative Offenses, which provides a greater punishment. Secondly, in their report they finally admitted that we had held an assembly of citizens, but with “violation of the order of conduct of a mass event”. I don't know what it means as I have been trying to convince police officers that the organization and the conduct of people's assemblies is not regulated by the Law “On Mass Events,” commented Tatsiana Seviarynets.

As the policemen explained, they had to draw the new report as the court refused to try her after receiving the previous one.

By the way, the police also drew a new report against another organizer of the People's Assembly in Vitsebsk, Iryna Yaskevich.

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