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The march to Niezalezhnastsi square on the Liberty Day is prohibited

The march to Niezalezhnastsi square on the Liberty Day is prohibited

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The Minsk City Executive Committee decided to prohibit the march to Niezalezhnastsi square on the Liberty Day, one of the event’s applicants, Chairman of the Belarusian Popular Front (BPF) Party Alaksiey Yanukievich was notified of this today.

The officials have also informed him that today is the last day when another application for the event on March 25 can still be filed, and proposed to change the route, in the first place.

The Organising Committee made a new application promptly and managed to file it today. It proposes to gather near Oktiabr cinema at 6 p.m., and to march down Surhanava street to the People’s Friendship Park to hold a rally there at 7:30 p.m.

Yanukievich tells the Radio Liberty: “The Minsk City Executive Committee’s decision includes the reasons behind the prohibition of the event under the first application. Allegedly, the organisers have spread the information about the planned event prior to its approval. Moreover, the authorities state that Niezalezhnastsi square cannot be the venue for mass events.”

In his opinion, the fact that the decision was made rather quickly and that the opportunity remains to file a new application demonstrates that the authorities aren’t interested in a confrontation on March 25.

As was previously reported, the application was filed just three days ago, on March 7. That application included the route that was proposed earlier at the Organising Committee’s meeting: gathering beside the Academy of Sciences at 6 p.m., the beginning of the march along Niezalezhnastsi avenue at 6:30 p.m., and the rally in Niezalezhnastsi square at 7:30 p.m.

The event’s applicants included six persons: Deputy Chairman of the Movement For Freedom (MFF) Alaksandr Lahviniec, the BPF Chairman Alaksiey Yanukievich, member of Presidium of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party (‘Hramada’) (BSDP) Anatol Sidarevich, Anton Zhylko (the United Civil Party (UCP)), Maryna Khomich (the Organising Committee for foundation of the Belarusian Christian Democracy (BCD) Party), and Uladzimir Kolas (the Belarusian Intellectuals Council).

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