Mahiliou: doorkeeper looks up in a “black list”

2012 2012-08-13T16:24:57+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

A special control regime has been established in the hostel in Krupskaya Street 178. Its doorkeeper has a list of persons who are prohibited to enter it. The list includes human rights defender Barys Bukhel, an activist of the Independent Trade Union of Radio-Electronic IndustryAliaksei Paulouski, a leader of the Mahiliou organization of the Belarusian leftist party “Fair World” Anatol Zauyalau and other democratic activists.

The existence of this list was discovered by the leader of the Mahilou social-democrats Ihar Zauyalau who collects signatures in support of an activist of the Belarusian Socia-Democratic Party (Hramada) Leanid Padbiaretski.

“I entered the hostel and told the doorkeeper I was going to collect signatures in support of the prospective candidate Leanid Padbiaretski. She immediately showed a defensive reaction and said she didn't allow me to do it. However, after several minutes of talk she asked what was my surname.  When I introduced myself she took out a paper with the list of surnames and started reading it aloud, looking for my surname. However, it wasn't there, that's why, after some hesitation, she let me enter the hostel,” said Ihar Barysau.

According to the canvasseur, the people are not very eager to sign in support of any candidates. Many of them tell they won't go to the election as they see no sense in it.

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