Freedom Day demonstration staged in Minsk

March 26th, 2013   Theme: Belarus

March 24, Belarus was marking the 95th anniversary of the proclamation of the Belarusian National Republic. But freedom wasn’t exactly the main theme of the day. The police control was heavy and already in beforehand, prisoner vans were parked in a close-by area.

Belarus is marking 95th anniversary of Belarusian National Republic. The Third Statutory Obligation was signed on March 25, 1918. The document announced Belarus an independent state.

Up to 1000 people took part in a “Dzen Voli” (Freedom Day) demonstration that was staged in Minsk on March 24 to mark 95 years since the proclamation of the short-lived 1918 Belarusian National Republic.

Participants gathered in front of the Kastrychnik movie theater amid heavy police presence and marched to Peoples’ Friendship Park, where a brief rally was held.

Black-uniformed riot police fenced off the government-authorized assembly place by metal railings and set up three metal detector gates, but people chose not to go into the fenced area and were crowded around it. Police officers also searched people and their bags with the help of hand-held security metal detector wands.

There were many prisoner vans parked nearby.

Those in attendance included Alyaksey Yanukevich, leader of the Belarusian Popular Front (BPF), BPF Deputy Chairperson Ryhor Kastusyow, United Civic Party leader Anatol Lyabedzka, Belarusian Christian Democracy Co-chairperson Vital Rymashewski, and prominent opposition leaders Lyavon Barshchewski and Yury Hubarevich.

The celebration of the Freedom Day in Minsk ended with the arrests of the participants of the opposition manifestation.

Several civic activists had been arrested on the eve of the action on alleged accusations.

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