Baranavichy activist applied for a picket to mark anniversary of Belarusian “Kristallnacht”

2014 2014-10-08T17:03:33+0300 2014-10-08T17:03:33+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

October 6, civil society activist appealed to the head of the Baranavichy City Executive Committee in order to obtain permission for holding a one-person picket in the memory of victims of Stalin's repressions.

The action is dated to the 77th anniversary of the “Kristallnacht” for Belarusian intellectual circles, the night of October 29-30, 1937. On that night, NKVD officers shot in Minsk prison 22 Belarusian writers and more than 80 representatives of intellectual circles.

“Despite the fact, that the events of this terrible night have been described in the book “Victims and Executors” by the writer and researcher Leanid Marakou, our society knows little about the shootings of Stalin's time, especially youth. That's why we will lay down flowers and light candles near the cross to Stalin's victims and will commemorate the innocently killed cultural workers of Belarus so that these tragic events in our history would not repeate any more,” commented Anzhalika Kambalava.

The activist intends to hold the picket in the old city park on October 30, as it is the only place which the authorities determined for mass events.